I didn’t grow up in a church that observed Lent in a traditional sense. But I made sure I knew about it. A large majority of my friends in school went to churches that practiced it. So I did what any friend would do to encourage another. I always made sure to give up something for Lent to encourage them to commit to their sacrifice.
One year I gave up my prized Debbie Snack after every lunch. Oh yes I did. I would still purchase it for 25 cents in the à la carte line and then would give it to someone I normally didn’t socialize with. I loved it. Turns out, it wasn’t much of a sacrifice after all.
Other years were even more bizarre. I didn’t wear jewelery one year. Seriously? I was maybe 12. But not wearing jelly bracelets or my charms seemed to be a big deal at the time.
Over the years as my faith has grown, I’ve begun to see more of the significance of Lent. Of its way of preparing your heart through prayer, penance, repentance, almsgiving, and self-denial in attempts of grasping what Christ did for us on that cross. (I hope I didn’t miss one–let me know if I did!) Let me tell you, I cannot think of one single thing I don’t like about the idea.
I’ve been considering how I would observe Lent this year. Personally, as a family, and through Simplystriving. And I had decided reading the Bible in 90 days is enough for me. It’s taking quite a bit of time. I’m sharing with my family what I’m learning and am even blogging about it on occasion.
All day yesterday, though, I had that churning that only happens when I’m not right. When I’ve missed something.
After a healthy heart-to-heart with my Savior, I have decided. Oh, I’ll just be honest. I haven’t decided–God has shown me. I’ll be spending some time focusing on the self-denial portion of Lent this year. My method will probably be most unconventional. But one thing is certain: It will hurt.
Would you mind if I share some of it with you? I’m forcing myself to ask because I know I’m not going to want to. No one likes to air their dirty laundry over the world-wide web! I’m declaring this as step one of my self-denial.
Isn’t God amazing? He knows just what I need to get one step closer to Him. And I’m striving…Lent it begin.
How about you? Do you practice Lent? If so, how? If not, will you consider how to prepare your heart for the Holiday of Remembrance ahead? For you deserve to grasp a bit more of what Christ has done for you. I’d love it if you’d share.
Thanks for sharing your time with me.