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What is dying to self?

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Beloved Siblings in Christ,

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.

-Ephesians 4:22-24

We're nearly three weeks in to Lent, the season of "dying to self." This is the time when we make changes in order to allow the old self to die, and the new to arise. For many this is accomplished through denying themselves pleasures like chocolate and alcohol. Others will choose to adopt a new practice, such as meditation or service to others. By making these changes, we hope to become more keenly aware of ourselves; our ability to affect the lives of others, our ability to be better people, our ability to survive trials. We hope to draw closer to Jesus by experiencing difficulty and loss - on a much smaller scale - as he did. But it can be challenging, and we're not always as successful as we'd like to be.

Rather than condemning ourselves for failing, and giving up, perhaps we should use this time to dig in to what is really happening. Why did we fail? What have we learned from ourselves through the process? How can we adapt our goals to be successful, but also to gain the most from the experience?

Dying to self is an opportunity, not just to experience self-imposed hardships, but for some real self-examination, and growth. Let's use this time to grow as a faith community gathered.

If you are looking for meaningful ways to contribute to your Lenten practices, join us for some of our varied Lenten opportunities over the next few weeks.

The staff and clergy of Trinity Episcopal Church +


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