Ash Wednesday and Lent invite us – challenge us – to take an good hard look at ourselves, to use the season to examine the lives we are living and make changes.
But one thing that makes Lenten resolutions different from New Year’s resolutions is that during Lent the focus is on God and God’s work in our lives.
In other words, Lent is a reminder that self-improvement is not something we do on our own strength.
What if improvement was God’s initiative?
What if God’s grace was already at work within us and what we needed to do is cooperate?