Maybe it wasn’t deliberate. Life moves fast and the thing you decided to take on just didn’t fit into your schedule one day. Or, you gave something up, and then ended up standing next to it on the table at a party and it just proved too tempting.
It’s okay. We all drop the ball sometimes, and none of us have perfect records when it comes to follow through.
What matters now is what happens next. I wrestle with my perfectionistic tendencies sometimes, and Lent is no exception. One mistake, and I’m tempted to throw out the whole thing and give up.
And what’s true for Lent is true for our whole lives. Sometimes we allow our mistakes and shortcomings to determine our future. We figure we’ve screwed up so much so far that we won’t ever recover.
But that’s not the lesson of Christ. If grace is real, then it means we receive it even when it’s the last thing we deserve. And if grace is real, then there’s only one proper response, in Lent or out of it: saying thank you.
So, take this day, or any day, as a chance to start over. Don’t let your past mistakes define you. Leave that to Christ, and a future full of grace.