And that brings me to another important aspect of Lent. You will die. I will die.
Sometimes in the modern age of medicine, we lose sight of this fact. It's easy to feel invincible sometimes when we're young. Be we're not invincible. Everyone is one breath- one heartbeat away from death. One microscopic blood clot can cut short a life in an instant.
Sorry for such a dreary post. But the upside is that when we embrace our mortality- as Steve Brown says "kiss the demon on its lips"- then we are driven to focus on what's really important in life. Relationship with a God Who we will meet at death- a God who has conquered death and will make all things new one day.