did not our heart burn within us?

chocolate. pop. facebook. alcohol. ice cream. cake. sugar. cheetos. coke. french fries… just a few of the things my friends have given up during this time of symbolic self-denial. but lent, much like a fast, is hollow without prayer, penitence and almsgiving. i admit i started this journey mostly to see what my life would be like without pop – but i quickly made the sacred correlation of exactly what this sacrifice, no matter how small, truly signified.

it was my humanly imperfect way of walking in His steps, if but for this brief time.

i was surprised to have friends checking in daily to see how i was doing. i was more surprised by others who told me they only lasted a few days attempting similar pursuits. is that all He is worth to me? a few days? when viewing my abstienence in that light, i felt power despite the triviality of it. i felt if i was choosing to give something up for Jesus, then i could do it for as long as necessary. He would carry me. He would shoulder my burden. He would strengthen my weakness.

quite a lesson to learn from soda.

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8 thoughts on “did not our heart burn within us?

  1. >Robin,Very powerful thoughts. It made Chad very depressed when he read it, knowing he didn’t make it the entire time without soda! But, he did very well.Thanks for the perspective! Also– I didn’t realize you also gave up blogging for lent 🙂

  2. >Although sacrifice is such a basic teaching, it is a hard one to understand. I like the idea of giving up something “trivial” because it is often these little things that really make us think. Once (while I was pregnant), I gave up ice for fast Sunday. I know it sounds petty, but I learned a lot that day.

  3. >I had heard about that youtube clip from Elder Holland’s Conference talk but hadn’t seen it. Thank you for posting it. I once heard an institute teacher talk about how we give up heaven for our favorite thing: immorality, pornography, drugs and alcohol, or whatever our particular vice may be (I don’t think caffeinated soda will keep people out of heaven). Your thoughts on symbolic self-denial reminded me that nothing is more important than my relationship with the Savior. Thanks and it’s nice to have you back.

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