I think we all have had that moment. You know, the moment when you feel like you are so close to accomplishing something you set out to do, but you are so far away. That moment is what separates the dreamers from the doers. If we are honest, we battle this moment everyday.
Its no secret that I am a Disney freak, so of course I went to go see Wreck it Ralph opening night. Before the movie started, there was a new animated Disney short film titled “Paperman.” If you have not seen it, please do. They were so kind as to put it up on the internets for us all to see. For me, what is compelling is that the main character went through stacks of paper and refused to give up. The Paperman refused to let anything stop him from chasing after what he wanted.
This week begins Lent. Let me be super honest with you, (I hope this does not offend you.) I don’t get giving up stuff for Lent. I don’t understand the “hey Jesus died the worst death known to man so I’m giving up Facebook or the Son of God was beaten beyond human recognition so I not going to eat chocolate for the next few weeks.” I think grace has given us a much better deal than that! So for me, over this season leading up to Easter, I am going to give up “Giving up”. Hopefully it will go on even longer.
Yes you heard me, I am giving up: giving up for Lent.
I am going to quit listening to the voice that says I am not good enough. That voice that says it’s not ready. The fear that says what if they don’t like it. What a better way to honor and remember the sacrifice God’s son gave for you than to live out the calling you have been called to. I am going to focus on getting to the finish line.
I don’t know what mountain you are suppose to climb or what race you are to run. I have a few that I know I am suppose to be climbing during this season of my life. If you hear God’s voice telling you to give up something for this season, then by all means, give it up. But, stop listening to those voices that tell you quit.
So let me leave you with the infamous words of Winston Churchill that he spoke at the commencement for the Harrow School: