Lent really just creeped up on me this year. I can’t believe Ash Wednesday is already today! Though it’s hard, fasting from things you love helps you become closer to God and helps you live a simpler life. Now, Lent isn’t all about giving up those simple pleasures. It’s a time for self reflection, an opportunity to concentrate on the things you are thankful for and the things you want to do better, a chance to become more of the you that you want to be. I’ve decided to give up two things this year in a push for self improvement.
The first is getting rid of meat all together…not just on Fridays! Becoming pescatarian for 6 weeks is going to be unbelievably difficult. (Meaning no more BDubs 😥 but if you’ve ever looked at the calories in BBQ boneless wings, you’d have a heart attack!)
The second thing I’m going to eliminate is… gossiping! And not just for Lent but all together! It’s easy to get caught up and start talking about others, bringing nothing but negativity to the conversation. Even if I hear someone talking about someone else, it’s not necessary to jump in & join the crowd of gossipmongers. It’s a waste of time and energy, & it’s simply not nice. It will only get you more involved in a situation, and once you’re involved–that’s when people get hurt. Now, I know we all like to “dish the dirt” at times, but we should certainly try to fight the urge & to push ourselves in a more useful & uplifting way. This is something that God will help me work on, but I can’t just “wish” to change, I gotta pray!
I always find it hard not to complain about the things I’ve given up for Lent. And I often find myself thinking about the things I’m craving and can’t have, but that’s the point. When I remember the things I’ve given up, I immediately think of why I’ve given them up, & that brings me back to my faith. The point of Lent is not to make us miserable but to make us a more spiritual follower of God. We should all count our blessings–not just during Lent, but every morning we are blessed with another day of life.
SOOOO it’s going to be a LONG 40 days…but I’m ready for it!
Here are some books that I have read that really opened up my eyes about God, about life, and about the thousands of daily ways in which an awareness of God changes and infuses everything.
What are you giving up this year?