I guess is all depends on how you look at it. By Human standards, Lent was probably quite a failure. But as I reflect back on Coffee I drank anyway and the Facebook that I logged onto, it was a vivid reminder of just how weak I am and Just how much I need Jesus, my Lord and Savior. If I had been stronger, I would have said no when I was offered a cup of coffee after a night of almost no sleep. If my will had been more resolved, I would not have been so tempted to log on to Facebook.
But the reality is that I was not strong.
It was in my weakness, though, that I met my Lord, that I crawled to him admitting that I was weak and needed him desperately. I have nothing to brag about accept Jesus and him crucified.
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him crucified. I came to you in weakness and fear and much trembling 1 Cor. 2:2-3
I have nothing to boast of in myself but only in Him who gives me strength. So, I thank God for my moments of weakness. Of course I will strive to do better going forward there is no honor in trying to mess up because that would be a lie. But, for those times when I am weak, I will turn to Christ.
I did write a few weeks back about Lent and how God was calling me to generosity. That was a truly beautiful part of Lent as I saw God grace poured out as I ventured to be more generous. But the things that I was going to do for Lent all fell flat. There is a need for discernment when we desire to walk more closely with the Lord, to walk on the path that He wants for us and not on the path that we desire.