One of my favorite things about Lent is the prospects of giving up something. Said no one. Ever.
For years, I gave up something on Ash Wednesday. Growing up it was usually Dr. Pepper and Nutty bars. Apparently 40 days isn’t long enough to make a change stick because I would resume my consumption of those things as soon as Easter hit.
Then there was the whole chicken, fish, red meat thing on Fridays that left me dazed and confused and irritated.
Still, I gave up these things as it was so very little asked of me until one day someone came up with a better idea. Instead of giving up something just for 40 days, why not make a change for the better in my life. I could give up a bad habit, or I could do something positive–help a stranger every day, reflect on one thing that made me happy today, or do something toward achieving a dream.
And so Lent to me is no longer a time to give up something small to reflect the great sacrifice that was made for me. No, it is about changing something in my life to make me a better person, a better steward of the planet, and a better citizen of the world.
While I cannot claim that I was transformed by a single Lenten event, I have become all of those things over the years. And, universe willing, I will continue to improve.
But I’m done with giving up the Dr. Pepper and Nutty bars. That doesn’t make me better, that makes me cranky:D
Until next time.