Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lent Begins

I actually look forward to Lent every year. For me, it’s like a clean start like New Year’s, but without the silly hats and with more meaning. In the past, I’ve given something up, like sweets. I thought about doing that again, but I realized it would probably be more of a Lenten sacrifice for Husband, since he would be the poor guy dealing with the grumpy person I would become for not being able to eat chocolate. One of the most successful Lents I’ve had was when I decided to do something nice for other people instead of giving something up. This year I’m going to do one nice thing a day for someone else (but not necessarily the same person every day). I hope that it makes me more aware of people in need and how I can help. And I hope it makes me focus on love and service, which I think is what it’s all about. I have a few ideas of some things I might do: make a meal for someone, call someone that might be lonely, give my spot in line to the person behind me, donate to a worthy cause, etc. I hope to be open to other opportunities as they come along, too. (By all means, if you have any ideas, please let me know because I’ll need at least 40 of them!) Are you doing anything for Lent? If so, please share!

10 comments:

Allison said...

I gave up Facebook!! :)

Adrienne said...

Buy coffee for the person in line behind you at Starbucks!

Jenna said...

I just wanted to say I think that's a great idea!

brown eyed girl said...

Put up "You are beautiful" post-its in public bathrooms?

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I think that's a really great thing to do for lent. I've become obsessive lately with nail biting. So I'm going to try my hardest not to do that.

Angela said...

Hi!
First let me say I love your header!!! I have wanted to do something similar, but haven't a clue how... it looks awesome.

Great idea for Lent too... what a beautiful idea! =)

Mira said...

doing something for others sounds great and that is what I have been practising for years. :)

Amanda said...

Wonderful plan! I am going to give up saying things about people that I wouldn't' say to their face. I'm so guilty of that and it's hurt people unintentionally. Next time I get the urge to do it, I'm going to just stop and pray about it. Maybe go out of my way to say something nice every day, too!

Jen's Farmily said...

What a great idea! I may have to use this one myself.

I noticed how mean I was towards people who drive a little reckless on the bad snowy roads. So instead of thinking "You jerk! You deserve to wreck with the way you're driving!" I've been replacing it with "I hope you and those around you get safely to where they are going."

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

Great minds do think alike!! I so agree doing something nice for someone is better than just giving up sweets. Good luck to you.

Not sure if I am going to do my nice thing today because I am sick as a dog, ugh..... Maybe rest is my nice thing to myself, lol.