I just realized I never blogged about my Lent sacrifice, and after all this time it's going to seem anticlimactic, but ...
Instead of a sacrifice I made a resolution to have daily devotions -- focused time for reading either the Bible or some sort of devotional book, plus prayer. This was also my New Year's resolution (incorporating C.S. Lewis' "The Business of Heaven," which so far I highly recommend) but by Ash Wednesday I had already gotten slack about it.
Flannery O'Connor was Catholic and she wrote this about Catholics, but it applies to all Christians:
"Catholics who are not articulate about their love of the Bible are generally those who do not love it, since they read it as seldom as possible, and those who don’t read the Bible do not read it because of laziness or indifference or the fear that reading it will endanger their faith, not the Catholic faith, but faith itself."
I've never been great about doing devotions on my own. I've gone through phases, including some extended phases, of being in the habit since I was a teenager, but they never last. I like to read, but I don't really like to study, and my mind wanders like crazy when I try to pray for long periods of time. Being in a weekly Bible study/small group helps to some extent, but Flannery was right: What it boils down to is I'm often lazy and indifferent.
Studies with daily reading and homework sort of suit me in that they encourage discipline, but on the other hand, inevitably I get behind on them and wind up doing a week's worth of lessons on day 7, which defeats the purpose. Besides, most mass-marketed "devotional aids" drive me mad with their Sunday school questions and simplistic lessons. What's the point of a forgettable Bible study?
You people who have committed to and stuck with daily devotions for long periods of time -- what works for you? Seriously, I'm curious. Please comment.