Yesterday I was at Lanark Greyfriars leading worship. Despite a random powerpoint disaster – disaster is probably a bit strong, the pictures were fine but the music decided not to play – (you know the kind: works before service, doesn’t work in service, works fine after service) it was ok.
It was the first Sunday of Lent and the readings were about Jesus’ time in the wilderness where he was tempted by the devil.
I often wonder why people give stuff up for lent. I’m not a big fan of stopping things, and would even advocate you do something new or different for lent. But I guess the practice of giving up comes very much from Jesus’ 40 days in the barren wilderness with nothing to do but think. I said yesterday that the temptations Jesus faced were the kind of things we are all faced with and are often the things we let get in the way, between us and God. Power, glory hunting, self-reliance.
So maybe giving up something is a good idea, but I think I’m going to spend more time doing the things I find hard, reading the Bible and praying. Maybe that means some other things will go to make room for these but that’s ok. And I’m still eating chocolate!!!