Giving Up

As we come to the end of Lent and approach Holy Friday, I am meditating on what Jesus gave up for me and what I have given up for Him this Lenten season.

I’ve given up trying to figure things out on my own. I’ve given up worrying about people and events I cannot control. I’ve given up expecting my loved ones to behave in a certain way and trying to understand why people act the way they do. I’ve given up control and direction of my life to the Lord in all areas. I guess you would call that surrendering. Waving the white flag and saying “Lord, I give up. I give my life to you. I’ve tried doing things my way, but have failed miserably. Proverbs 21 says ” A man’s ways seem right to him, but the Lord weighs the heart.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ surrendered himself in the most dramatic way – He gave up His very life for us: for all our sins, past, present, and future. He didn’t have to do that. He CHOSE to do that for us, because He loves us so very much.

If Jesus can hang on a cross and give up his life for me, what can I give up for Him in this short life of mine? How I can surrender my will more to the Father’s? Isn’t that what love is all about anyway? As St. Francis puts it, “It is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.” Dying to ourselves so that others may live.

Lord, my prayer is to make me more like your Son, Jesus. Help me to surrender to you, Lord, and give me the wisdom to know your will and the courage to obey. Amen.

Have a blessed Holy Week.