The Goal of Lent

"Lent has officially begun!  Every year, the conversation around this time is usually what people decided to give up for Lent.  This Lenten practice can be frustrating, but it is ultimately for us to grow closer to Christ.  Too frequently I hear people staying at the surface level of simply giving something up for a couple of months and then relieved to get it back at Easter. It is easy to miss the deeper meaning behind the sacrifice when we get in the routine of giving something up and not examining it further.  The point is not to “white-knuckle” our way through Lent with whatever we have given up only to binge on Easter morning. If this is our attitude, we have missed the point."

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