February 25, 2015

On Lenten Sacrifice

What should you give up for Lent?

Remember to keep it simple.  Start small.  Don't jump off the cliff during Week One.

For children, give up your favorite toy or activity (e.g. - playing with your dolls, army men, or video games).  Do something in focus or service to God in its place (like, perhaps, graciously play your sister's favorite activity with her instead; oh, go on, it won't kill you).

For adults, give up your favorite indulgent thing.  Don't give up every grain of sugar or candy within a 50 mile radius.  But, perhaps give up buying your favorite chocolate truffles (...I know, I can't believe I just said that!).  Drink water instead of juice or soda.  Give up your favorite purchased drink at Starbucks, put that money in an envelope throughout the week, and place the money in the poor box at church on Sunday.

Remember, Lent is the spiritual version of, "mind over matter."  Show God and yourself that your will is stronger than your flesh.

Start small.  Baby steps.  You can't do this on your own, you know.  Carve out a little sacrifice, a wee pocket of spare time for God, and let Him start filling you up with inspiration and His love.

He died on the cross for you.  I think He can handle 40 days with no chocolate.  (After all, one would have to be divine to manage that, right!?)

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