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There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

giving up chocolate isn’t really the point…

lent07.jpgFar more important than coming up with amorous or angst-ridden zingers in our little contest this week is the attention you give to this moment in the church calendar too often overlooked. As we said yesterday, Lent is a season for doing life differently: for refraining from some of the ordinary pleasures of life in order to devote ourselves to some reflection on His call upon our lives. Think of it as a period of more intense training meant to fortify us for the next season of life.

I’d suggested that if you were to fast once a week, you might use that lunch (or breakfast or dinner) hour to have a look at some “X-Ray questions” David Powlison penned in his book Seeing with New Eyes. You can download a copy of these questions here. They’re meant to bring to your attention issues you might’ve been unaware of or even had come to see as normal responses to life. What you think about most often, or what you think you really need to be happy may actually be indicators of deep-seated idolatries.

So, to observe Lent in the manner which the ancient Church intended, be still, and ask the LORD in His grace to bring to your attention where you have lost your heart for Him, or where, to borrow a phrase, you have made a good thing into an ultimate thing.

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