Giving Up Self-Discipline for Lent | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction

Giving Up Self-Discipline for Lent | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction.

AS some of you know already, I really like Mark Galli. He always has a unique angle in what he writes. This is also true about this text on Lent. Here is a short quote:

Lent is supposed to have more spiritual overtones than the mere self-improvement mantras of New Year’s. But I suspect that for many of us, Lenten disciplines are more about us than about God. More about getting our act together in some area that continually discourages us and repeatedly sabotages our self-respect. The advantage of Lent over New Year’s resolutions is that we can bring God to our side, and the whole church is there to cheer us on. But for many of us, I suspect, it’s one big self-improvement regimen, with God as mere personal coach. But who am I to judge others? I have enough self-centeredness of my own to deal with.’

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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