This week marked the beginning of Lent – a period of soul preparation before Easter. While many are giving up chocolate or Facebook or something they love during these weeks, I’m refraining from fasting something specific in an effort to use this time to more intentionally examine my life and reorient my schedule/priorities.
I’ll explain more about my personal goals for Lent later, but for now I want to share what has emerged as the overarching theme of this season of introspection:
It’s me, isn’t it?
Things that I’ve been reminded of…
- Thinking that I am entitled not to respond to someone’s entitlement complex indicates that I have a problem with entitlement.
- Comparing how humble I am with how prideful others are is a form of pride.
- Withholding love from those who refuse to be loved reveals my inability to love.
- Being reluctant to point out that others are reluctant is a display of my own reluctance.
- [This list could go on for awhile... ]
Even armed with the best excuses and rationalizations, I’m still always the root of the problem. When I critique the lives of others, I shouldn’t be looking for a list of ways they can change because my criticism isn’t nearly as indicative of their character as it is of mine. My problem is my entitlement complex, my pride, my inability to love, my reluctance, my ______