This morning I realized I was in the bizarre back and forth with my eldest child. She was screaming that she could not do something and I was giving her encouragement. But after close to 10 back and forths I wondered why was I pulled into this? So I simply said, "I know you can do this. I am walking away." She screamed a few more times but in the end she accomplished it.
Encouragement is wonderful. Encouraging others is important. Asking for God's strength is a form of encouragement. But we need to realize that not only do this get done faster but they get done better when we don't complain. Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness, although he didn't have much to say about it when he returned, we didn't hear anything about him complaining.
Whatever we are doing for Lent, be it giving something up, adding something to our lives or simply trying to live into your faith - complaining shouldn't be involved. And in fact with just 2 weeks to go I encourage each of you to think about your journey thus far...is it what you hoped? If not there is still room to improve - not complain but to actually change.
Easter will be here before we know. The resurrection of the Lord is coming! Let us live into this by giving our best each and every day.