As the season of Lent comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on sacrifice. The ultimate sacrifice that Jesus made, as well as the sacrifice that I’ve made this season. I decided not to reveal what I’ve given up this Lenten season because I don’t want to appear boastful. Not that I’m saying people who do tell their sacrifice are themselves being boastful. In fact, in retrospect I believe there is a certain accountability that is lost by nobody knowing. I think the balance of telling or not telling lies in why we are revealing our sacrifice.

Are you telling your spouse or best friend so that they may keep you accountable? Or are you telling everyone who has ears with the (possibly subconscious) hope that they will think better of you? Do you not tell anyone until Lent is over, and then tell everyone how successful (or unsuccessful) you’ve been? I struggle with these questions.

Think about Mary… she was told that she would have to essentially sacrifice the life she had planned so that she could instead bear and raise the Christ. Even after she gave birth, she didn’t shout it from the rooftops. She heard what the visitors said and “treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19 – NIV).

I think we can take a lesson from her. Prior to The Birth, only Joseph and Elizabeth knew Who the baby would be. Then, even after the shepherds and wise men came, she was still pretty closed-lipped about the whole thing. I don’t believe she was doing this out of pride, but because it was the right thing to do (for more than one reason).

As for me, I can assure that my Lenten sacrifice wasn’t caffeine or sweets, but something that will make me a better wife, mother and person in general.


~ by pe2nia1 on April 1, 2009.

One Response to “>Sacrifice”

  1. >The great thing about Lent and about spiritual disciplines is how they are open to discernment. You prayerfully decide the best way to approach it. You give it to God and you look to the examples in the Bible and throughout church history and you do your best. Sometimes, you fail. And that failure can be a sacrifice in itself, an offering to God.Good for you, Wendy! 🙂 May the last week of your Lent and your Holy Week be filled with many blessings!

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