2. To make God happy.
"Sometimes I like to think I can control God, making him happy (or just less angry) simply by taking up the classic Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting and generosity towards others. At its heart, this is a "hunger strike" approach to God -- going without food to get the attention of the prison warden. I’ve found out the hard way that God does not play along with that silly game. This will just leave us either proud or depressed: “Why have we fasted, and you see it not?” (Isaiah 58:3)."
3. To cure an addiction.
"While Lent is a great time to address the bodily cravings that have enslaved us, the spiritual journey will not cure addictions. If you feel powerless to break a dependence on alcohol, sexual activity, gambling, drugs, overeating or any other vice, seek professional help from a licensed
4. To showcase your spirituality or virtue.
"Let’s be honest: Most of us want to be admired for our virtue and
5. Because it’s the cool trend.
"In all honesty, I fell hard for this one. I started
Let's commit to prayerfully taking part in the season of Lent for all the right reasons! Amen!