Every year, when Lent rolls around, I have an inner debate over what to do this season to honor the sacrifice God made through Jesus’ death on the cross. In years past I gave up chocolate, cheese (very tough one), soda, etc. It was only as I grew into my 30’s that I began to realize the shallow nature of what I was doing. If I truly intended to change my life for the better, I would have made a change in my life that would bring me closer to God and would be an ongoing life change – not a temporary one.
So, for the past decade or so, I’ve made commitments to pray more, read Scripture more, be a better mom, etc. All of which I believe I did a good job of keeping up with. However, now I’m at a place of debate again – what now? I can always work to improve myself for the sake of the Gospel – there is always room for improvment in me! But what do I focus on this year?
My attitude. That is what I need – a better attitude. Not about anything specific, but about everything. Sometimes I feel like that “Maxine” character that graces the cover of some greeting cards. Have I reached that “crotchety” phase of my life where I grumble about everything? Do I really have to always have an opinion (a negative one) about an idea or suggestion (even if I don’t say it out loud)? No, I don’t. The beauty of an attitude is that I am in control of it. I can choose to have a good one. Period.
And, therefore, I will. Hence my 40 day Lenten challenge! Here is to a better attitude! Oh, and along the way, please offer your suggestions on how you cultivate a good attitude in your life and home. I need all the help I can get :).