Does Lent feel like a bunch of rules taking over your life? From being told to pray more to being told how much to eat, Lent certainly doesn’t feel like freedom.
But does true freedom mean getting to do whatever we want whenever we want? And will that lead to a good and happy life?
Lent is the perfect time for us to reflect on one of the things God wants most for us in life: freedom.
Freedom is the ability to choose between good and bad, right and wrong. And, ideally, we choose what’s good.
But sometimes we get confused. Often people think that freedom is getting to do whatever you want, and if you don’t get to do those things then you’re not truly free.
So we just do whatever we want and then at the end of the day wonder why we don’t feel satisfied or truly free — even though we’re doing whatever we like to do.
Jonathan shares that this reminds him of his 2-year-old son who hates having his diaper changed and would rather run around in a dirty diaper than let his dad do what’s best for him.
God knows what’s best for us. He knows that true freedom is being able to choose good freely — rather than choosing to do things that are bad for us — even though that can be really hard sometimes.
This Lent, ask God what good He wants for you in your life. And ask Him to give you the courage to pursue it.
By the time Easter rolls around, hopefully, we’ll have found true freedom — and with it, true joy. Over and out!