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Last week I mentioned to a R that I hadn't decided what to give up for this Lent. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning and is only a couple of weeks away. It's traditionally a time of remembering Jesus' time in the wilderness, of coming before God in repentance, often involving some kind of fast; a time of showing God that we mean business. "Why don't you take something up instead", R said, "like praying in tongues for half an hour a day?". Wow, I thought, that's an idea. Although I suspect that giving something up is easier than taking on something new.
I think it's really important not to get legalistic in what I do but to bear in mind this scripture from Matthew. Jesus was led by the Spirit and if you are thinking about Lent like me, then listen to the Spirit. Ask him what He is calling you to focus on. Yes, Jesus did give up much during His time in the desert but it was for the purpose of taking up. He took up prayer, calling, contemplation, solitude, and battle!