Here, Paul urges the people of Philippi to center their hearts and minds on Jesus. This is helpful as we consider our approach to Lenten disciplines. As we remove something from our life, we might ask why that’s what we’ve chosen. If we give up sweets, is it to use those moments of craving as a call to prayer? If we give up TV or social media, is it to make more time for intentional, authentic connection with God and others? If we forego the fancy coffee, is it to channel the money we would have spent towards a worthy cause?
Today, spend time examining the motivations behind your spiritual practices. Offer each one to God and ask for clarity around your motivation and practice.