You guys, Chris and I gave up dessert for Lent.
I know. It's crazy. I love me some brownies when those babies go to bed.
But we talked about it and decided that it would be a way to enter into this season of reflecting on Jesus' death and resurrection together (and that it was probably good for us, besides.)
Then we went to Ash Wednesday service at church and I felt prompted to give up using Facebook and Instagram as well. I knew that would be tough to stick to, so I deleted the apps from my phone right then and there in the pew.
And then came Thursday and Friday and Saturday and - gasp - I was bored. I'm never bored these days. When quiet moments come, I check out what's happening social media, following links to interesting articles and chiming in on interesting conversations. I post pictures of our goings on. I forward fun stories to my peeps.
Guess what I did in my boredom? Played legos with my kid? Should have, but no. Prayed for a struggling friend? Need to but not quite. Got ahead of my laundry pile? I wish.
I ate chocolate chips straight out of the bag. For reals. Don't tell Chris.
And then I felt bad about it. And sitting there in my guilt, I was suddenly so glad that my salvation did not depend on me keeping the law. I'm barely able to stay off Facebook and away from the cookies.
The Lord reminded me of these precious verses in Romans 8.
Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, 2 because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, 4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.
What the law could not do - God did! The law didn't work because we don't work, not the way we were created to. We're bent and twisted and itching to do exactly the wrong things. But our God of great grace sent Jesus so that we no longer are condemned for not keeping the law. Or eating chocolate during Lent.
So thankful today for Jesus, because
from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. (John 1:16)
Grace for my failing, grace for my trying again. Grace upon grace upon grace.