“Lent is a time for discipline, for confession, for honesty, not because God is mean or fault- finding or finger-pointing but because he wants us to know the joy of being cleaned out, ready for all the good things he now has in store” (N. T. Wright).
“…a guilty suffering spirit is more open to grace than an apathetic or smug soul. Therefore, an age without a sense of sin, in which people are not even sorry for not being sorry for their sins, is in a serious predicament. Likewise an age with a Christianity so eager to forgive that it denies the need for forgiveness. For such an age, therefore, Lent can scarcely be too long!” (Edna Hatlestad Hong, The Downward Ascent).
Again whatever you choose to give up or fast from for Lent, make sure to put something positive in its place. For all the social media you give up, try reading a book or two. For all the television you give up, try going on a long walk.
Above all, make room for God. Not that He needs the room, but you do. You need the space to allow yourself to hear God’s voice and see Him at work around you. You need the margin in your schedule to sit at the feet of the Master.
Speak, Lord Jesus. Your servants are listening.