It makes sense, then, that a person with a naturally anxious, quick horse would be working to keep him under check during much of the ride whereas someone riding a more laid-back mount would probably find themselves prodding and encouraging a lot during the course. Two riders attempting the same feat by doing opposite things.
So. Lent starts tomorrow. Have you heard? (<---joke. Because Catholic blogs)
Often I get caught up in what's too much and what's too little to do to observe Lent. What other people are going to think of what I give up, especially if it's something like, say, home renovations like I did that one year. What the holier-than-me people are doing so I can do those things and be holier too. As if the reason I'm still a sinner is that I just haven't found the right formula yet. And someone else knows the formula, doncha know. Where are they?!?! Read all the things and try all the things until I finally find the REAL way to become perfect in the span of 47 days. Yessssssssss! Saved by the internet!
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 1Kings 19:11-12
Though our goal is the same in the end, some people need more of what others need less of. Some people need to do less of what someone else needs to do more of.
Obviously the ground rules are the same for all of us, but the reason the Church, in her wisdom, does not mandate anything specific beyond what is already provided is that we are all different. What looks like a normal day for me might be a feat of enormous proportions for someone else. What might be good for me to stop doing for the sake of my family might be the very thing that another person might need to take up for the good of hers. The two of us traveling toward the same destination by doing completely opposite things.
Less searching, more listening. Less doubt, more faith. Instead of thinking about what I'm going to do this Lent, let me think about what this Lent can do to me.