My wonderful friend and bishop Timothy Mansfield has proposed that for Advent, we close the gap between what we think we should be doing for religious practice, and what we are doing. For 4 weeks, we should practice the way we've always wanted to, as rigorous as possible.
Some of us are already doing that. Some could up their game a little. Some can never reach the ideal short of becoming an ascetic out in the desert. For the season of Advent, let's try to close the gap, whether it's a little, or a lot.