By Matt Brown
If you’re like me, then Lenten observance begins to feel onerous by the fourth week. When Lent begins, I am glad for the interruption of my regular routines, the opportunity to assess my spiritual growth over the last year and the call to follow Jesus with greater faithfulness. Towards the end of Lent, I get discouraged because I miss my routines, have assessed my growth and found it to be negligible and haven’t spent as much time listening to Jesus as I intended. Lent feels like yet another failure.