Ugh, Lent starts tomorrow.
So of course that means I've been adding cookies to my morning coffee and indulging any other food craving this past week, knowing that soon I'll be giving up these treats.
I feel gross.
I feel physically gross with the added sugar and lack of healthy eating.
I feel mentally gross with the loss of any semblance of willpower.
I feel spiritually gross with the laziness accompanying my prayer life.
So why do I think that indulging in junk food, staying up late to watch *one more* episode, working out less, and praying half-heartedly is living the good life?
It's actually quite the opposite.
Choosing the hard things and staying disciplined is actually what brings me true joy.
Eating healthy makes my body feel light and lean and capable.
Working out gives me an energized high and a good attitude.
Praying keeps me calm and centered and allows me to reflect on all of my blessings.
Working hard for my family and then spending time with them makes me feel so accomplished.
~ Hard doesn't equal bad just as easy doesn't equal good. ~
We know this! I know this! And yet the temptation is always there to choose the easy way out. Our world loves to give us permission to do what feels good; just binge-watch a season of a show, just eat the fast food, just drink and smoke to stop the feelings. But where does that leave us? Feeling gross. Feeling empty. Feeling lazy and unfulfilled.
Great achievements only happen through great sacrifice. Think of any professional athlete, they continually choose to do the hard work to get to their goal. Parents choose to put their kids needs before their own. Service men and women give up everything to fight for the freedom of others.
If my goal is to become a saint (which it is!) then I need to take the steps to get there. Every unselfish action done for another, every offering up of a want, every struggle met with prayer all adds up to make a more worthy saint.
Lent is actually a gift. It's our annual training program for Heaven. A time to refocus on our weaknesses and strengthen our spirits.
This Lent, I want to try and remember that a life of service, a life of sacrifice, a life spent loving others is what will truly bring happiness, if not in this life then definitely in the next.
Is it wrong that I was hoping that the photo of that cookie was somehow GF and I was looking for the info on it? Ha. You are an inspiration. I've been working really hard to make time to do my rosary podcast. I find it harder in the winter, because I usually listen to two back to back while I run. I don't run outside in the winter, so I've had to make a special effort to listen to it. That means stop the busy moments and focus. It is a challenge, but I agree- I feel much better when I make the effort. Thanks for sharing this message. It's a good one and I think I needed to hear it at the start of lent. Wishing you a focused and productive lent.ReplyDelete
The cookies are from Trader Joe's and I just can't have them in the house bc I'm addicted! Wishing you a good Lent too!Delete
This was lovely and well said.ReplyDelete
Thank you, I will need to reread it when I start struggling in a few days :)Delete
Great post, Colleen! Just crammed a bunch of cookies in my mouth ahead of Lent and immediately felt regret. The "good" things aren't all ways good. I hope your Lent is everything you want and need it to be!ReplyDelete
Thank you Beth, same to you. I hope the cookie monster in each of us dies off :)Delete
"Lent is actually a gift. It's our annual training program for Heaven. A time to refocus on our weaknesses and strengthen our spirits." Woah. Way to call me out Colleen. In the best possible way. Thank you.ReplyDelete
Calling myself out at the same time.. thank you for the sweet comment :)Delete
I agree. Having a 'free for all' with your time and health is never really satisfying. Happy Lent to you and yours!ReplyDelete