Maintaining faithfulness to the Lenten pledge may not always be easy; especially when we gave up something that we truly craved – like chocolate! We go through withdrawal symptoms, feeling deprived, and we don’t like to feel that way. So, we give in and default on our Lenten pledge. God is ever faithful to us, but because of our tendency to sin, we are not always faithful in return. Maintaining faithfulness to the Lenten pledge is a good example of where we easily fail to remain faithful.
Maintaining Faithfulness is Not Trivial
One might think a breakdown in faithfulness to a Lenten pledge is trivial. Yet, it might represent a microcosm of our relationship with God on a macro level. If we can’t be faithful in trivial matters, what makes us think we can be faithful with important matters? If we let a Lenten pledge slide and give it little thought, what else might we let slide?
God never gives us more than we can handle. With something like a Lenten pledge, that we make to God, God graces us with all that we need to maintain faithfulness. It’s up to us to accept that grace. By doing so, this sets us up nicely, for maintaining faithfulness in more important matters – like faithfulness to family, friends and co-workers.
With the time that you have remaining this Lenten season, live up to your commitment of your Lenten pledge. If you need help, in maintaining faithfulness to your pledge, then consider the following:
- Engage in persistent prayer – stay in constant communication with God
- Ask for God’s grace
- Let God work within you to help you stay faithful
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