Christians often refer to the season of Lent as a second chance at our New Year’s resolutions. Our broken January promises are renewed as we vow to give up unhealthy foods, to take on healthier habits, to change in some significant way. For the most part, I love this time of year because it ushers in a season of transformation and renewal, as we embrace growth and progress. But there are some “side effects” of this approach than can actually halt our progress in two significant ways if we’re not careful.
- A constant focus on all the many ways we need “fixing” can become a roadblock on our spiritual journey if we hold ourselves back from God because of this belief that we are not good enough.
- Our efforts to do it all ourselves as we choose and control our own path to change can get in the way of God’s plans for us.
On both January 1st and Ash Wednesday, I always used to say: “I’m a work in progress. There’s a LOT of work I need to do.” Somewhere along they way I reframed this statement
I am God’s work in progress, and he is working in me. Continue reading