Devotion 5 – Lent 2015

What are you giving up for Lent? How is that going? We talked about this one day over lunch this week. One of the people present said he was giving up desserts for Lent. After lunch, dessert was offered. Cheesecake. One of his favorites. He said with a smile, “If I hadn’t told you I was giving up desserts for Lent, I could have some.”

We may have the best of intentions but how do we really live in to the commitments that we identify as being important to us? One of the ways we do that is by declaring our intentions: Sharing what we want to do and be with others. That sharing commits us. We can’t just change our mind, or back out, or ignore what we have openly shared with others. If you tell your friends that you are going to stop drinking and then you are out at a bar that nudge to stick to your word may help you to maintain your intention. When people get married, they say “I do” for life in front of witnesses. It is binding. Having said it in front of others helps us to keep our word.

By telling someone about a commitment you are helping yourself to fulfill that commitment and you are building in support for yourself as you seek to adhere to your intentions.

We need one another to help us fulfill our commitments and intentions. To help us live into our highest good. To be our better selves. Alone, it is too easy to give in to the temptation to cheat, to rationalize, and to make excuses.

So what are you giving up this Lent? Who have you told?

Lectionary readings for the day:

Genesis 9:8-17
Psalm 25:1-10
1 Peter 3:18-22
Mark 1:9-15

Prayer: May we have the courage to declare our commitments and intentions thus helping to ensure our faithfulness. Amen.

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