“Slip sliding away, slip sliding away.
“You know the nearer your destination, the more you slip sliding away.”
Lent is a bit like this song for me.
My desired destination is to be a self-disciplined Christian, one who knows himself and is ‘real’ in the world, but is still ‘holy’. Lent is a wonderful time for me to experience disillusion about this all over again.
Whatever goal I set for myself, however simple it may be, Lent seems to serve as 40 days of reminder of almost constant failure.
I know why Lent is important to the Christian – because we so dearly need the reminder to shift our focus from ‘us’ to ‘other’; to look again at our habits and hopes and to see if we can become more truly ‘whole’.
It does seem as though the nearer my destination I come, the closer I come to success I move, the more aware I am of failure, of slip sliding away.
It’s not all bad, of course. This isn’t a rant about the virtues of self-denial or about what an abject failure I am. It’s about the reality of being a spiritual seeker.
The seeking of God and the finding of God have a cost to them. They demand change in the way in which you see the world.
It’s a change that is not ‘one-off’, but is constant.
Lent offers 40 opportunities to practice this.