It’s Lent and I Already Messed Up
By Gaby Smith
On Ash Wednesday, I was determined to make this Lent the best one yet. I decided to give up worrying. Yes, worrying.
So far, it’s been going “ok.”
I told my fiancé that I am giving up worrying for Lent. He thinks it’s a good idea.
There have been a few times where he’s like “You’re worrying. You don’t need to worry! Everything will work out.” Then, a few days later, everything I worried about a couple of days ago, worked out. He was right, there was no need to worry.
I found myself more at peace. I wake up every morning allowing God to enter into my heart and my life. I tell him my concerns and find myself at peace. This is a complete surrender. Honestly, it’s extremely challenging.
God is a merciful God. He’s a trusting God. It’s ok to mess up.
I knew that worrying less and less about my minuscule problems would bring me closer to him. I really try not to beat myself up when I find myself worrying.
Yes, that means I’ve messed up in Lent already. That’s ok. When I try again, I know that God is pleased that I’m doing my best to strengthen my relationship with him.
Giving up worrying for Lent is a challenge. Are you up for it?
It’s a beautiful explanation of why we strive for saintly perfection, but fall short because of original sin. Lent is about soul cleansing and setting higher spiritual standards as the Catholic faith teaches. Look to Jesus, trust Him and seek forgiveness when we fail.