Ash Wednesday…lent…’s here. 

Once again, as with everything else, we have a choice.  Are we ‘giving something up,’ taking something on?’  Are we going to walk through lent or are we going to ignore these forty days and just keep our eyes on Easter?  Are we going to give up after a few days?  Are we going to feel smug if we make it all the way to Easter? 

Are we going to do the lenten-work or are we going to let God work on us?  If we do the work for the prize at the end then it’s all about us, ego and pride.  If we do the sacrifice (work) and the result is humility and an emptying, then we are preparing ourselves for God’s work, for the transformation that God so desires for us. 

Our lenten sacrifices should not result in a gold medal or a gold crown.  The only crown ever worn was one of thorns.  

And it begins…forty days of venturing into the inner-desert.  Forty days of sacrifice, forty days of prayer, forty days of reflection……forty days of love.