Lent is about giving things up. But it feels like we’re getting mixed messages. Because Lent is also full of all kinds of extra stuff to do.
As a little kid, it really threw me off when I pulled a bucket of water out of the pond. I did it. I had a bucket of water to prove it. But to look at the pond, it was like it never happened.
It's the same way giving things up. If I make the effort and actually do it, something else will rush in to fill the hole. And I end up with a new thing I need to give up, like all my work never happened.
And that's the wisdom of the extra stuff of Lent. When I give stuff up, something will rush in to fill the hole. But I can choose what that something is.
More on this tomorrow. Readings for Sunday