The season of lent is upon us. So, let's talk about it. What is your passion? Most people do not realize that passion means pain. Literally, it means to be aroused to anger, to suffer. Hence, The Passion of the Christ. He suffered to save us from ourselves, to serve as an example of what it means to be compassionate. A word, which means to suffer along with and to have a desire to help alleviate some of the pain. So, again, I ask, where does your pain reside?
For those of you who are begging the question, and coming to the conclusion that this cannot be true. I would like for you to consider that when you have passion for someone, let's say for instance, in a love relationship, every time you are away from the beloved, you miss him/her. This is a nice way to say that I suffer when I am apart from you. And, what is more interesting is the idea that when you have strong feelings for an individual, when you do come together, something happens to release the "pain". It can be a kiss, a strong embrace and so on and so forth, but we need to have an outlet for our discomfort.
I never truly understood the practice of sacrifice that believers demonstrate during this time before Easter, despite having participated myself. I really thought of it as a religious pursuit that had very little to do with spirituality. And then, I realized that giving up something makes you aware of your pain and how it impairs your ability to function in life. So, this season I have decided to journal about the desires that I will give up for lent. Some of the topics will be the level of difficulty, how much effort/discipline does it take to maintain abstinence? How does this inner/personal struggle affect my ability to communicate, make decisions, tolerate the nuances of being around people? What am I hoping to gain as a result of my sacrifice? Will the outcome of this trial be apparent in my behavior, personality? What conclusions will I come to at the end of this journey?
If you'd like to join me, blog it here. If you wish, confess what you have decided to sacrifice. Give an account of what you are experiencing. Please feel free to share. I am looking for great testimony. Be blessed. And have fun with finding your passion.