I like to use sugar cubes in my coffee. It helps me regulate how much sugar I am dumping into my mug. I used to love about 6 of them per steaming cup of Joe. Over the years, with the help of Lent, I have been able to wean myself off of so much sugar that I do not even enjoy the sickening sweet way I once loved so much. This Lent I am down to one cube (except on Sunday when I have two.)
In very short order, Lent will be over. There are some choices to be made. It does mean that I could up my sugar intake again - OR - it could mean that I keep up the health strides that I have made and keep it low and contemplate maybe dropping sugar all together next year.
If your Lenten practices were successful in making you a better version of yourself - more spiritual, healthier, kinder, more charitable - don’t chuck it on Easter - or at least keep some aspect of it going. Hopefully your practice assisted you in becoming someone a person for whom you have more respect, someone who exercised more discipline, stepped up to some responsibility, made more of a positive impact on the world. Why stop - or at least, why stop all together?
It is like exercise. NOBODY (and by nobody I guess I mean me) likes it in the doing of it. But boy, are you glad later that you did. Celebrate Easter and the Resurrection of Christ by keeping the gains you made over the past (almost) 40 days. What better way to mark our salvation and keep the hope of becoming saints alive?
I'm glad to know that I'm not the only one who must discipline myself in this area.
Agree. I gave up a gambling, it is addiction. I have been successful. But Easter looms large. Can I keep it going? I hope so. As I reflect, I am aware of the positive changes in myself and my relationships. God is more accessible. I think sin is just a big blocker of spiritual life. I hope I can keep it going. I have gone back to some old hobbies to fill my time that gambling took away. I won't even talk about the money situation being incredibly improved. But you are right if I just let it go after Easter , that seems wrong.
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