I grew up Catholic,went (forcefully) to church every week and every holiday, went to a Catholic elementary school, went to CCD (or catechism, religion classes as some call it - I actually didn't know what CCD stood for till just now.), got confirmed. You know all the good stuff. When I was younger I would give up things for Lent because, well that's what I was told to do.
When I was older, even as young as high school (maybe even younger???), I think is when I stopped giving stuff up for Lent, probably mostly because I don't like being told what to do for no good reason. I never felt a good enough reason for WHY I was doing it. So sassy little me didn't give up a single thing till last year. (The year before last I was pregnant, and figured I was giving up enough! :0) But last year I felt very convicted to want to give something up for Lent. I gave up wine. For me, it was the one thing I really didn't want to give up. So it seemed the logical choice to give up. (It was the one thing I really missed each time I was pregnant.) When asked by some of my friends who didn't fully, or at all, understand my decision, I explained it like this. Jesus gave up His life, in a terrible awful way, for ME, to give ME, eternal life. When you look at it that way, 40 (or 46 days) doesn't seem like that much in return. And (this part I didn't say, because their eyes were already glazing over), the best part of about God, I didn't need to do this to get my Golden ticket, but it's a darn good reminder of what was sacrificed for little ol' me. What an amazing gift Grace is. :)
|These glasses make me chuckle.|
I also plan to participate in a "Lenten Journey" at my church. It's a 40 day study. I have started, then stopped, studying the Bible more times than I'd care to admit. Will I continue to study EVERY day after Lent is over? I don't know. Let's see how committing to study every day for 40 days works out first. I really do enjoy learning and growing when I stick to it. Then life always seems to get in the way. Or I let life get in the way. We all have the same 24 hours in a day to work with. I admit, some days, I could be more productive with mine. So 40 (46) days of study. The cleansing of the mind.
This should be an interesting 40 days and 40 nights.
PS. As I just got done disciplining Thing One, for the same issue we have talked about over, and over, and over..... this could be a very long 40 days and 40 nights............Cheers!