As I entered this Lent I considered what I might take a break from in order to engage in some spiritual introspection. God solved that query and guided my aging Dell laptop to take a spill the morning before Ash Wednesday.
“But why are you telling me this, Will?” you may ask. Simply put, my laptop and I have grown close in the months since my graduation from university, and I love my computer games. The fall ruined my computer’s performance and now I have had to cut back on the time I spend on my games. Have I given them up? No, not entirely, but that isn’t what Lent is about. It’s a time to examine, and reexamine our priorities, not necessarily putting ourselves through Hell to give something up that we love. It is a time to consider what we find spiritually important, and to examine why we enjoy that thing we gave up so much, so that come Easter we can genuinely appreciate what it means to us.