I want share this bit of advice I just read by sharing the actual article.
We all make it somewhat of a game, the MY Sacrifice is Bigger than Yours thing, right?
“I’m giving up cookies.”
“Oh, really?! I’m giving up cookies AND candy!”
“Is that all, you two? I’m giving up desserts AND hair products AND all songs that mention sweets and hair products.”
You get the picture, right?!
For so many years I “gave up” something and come Easter Sunday I was glad to get the coffee or candy or whatever back, but I didn’t feel stretched or that I’d grown at all, you know?
I have adopted the idea over the last few years of adding something rather taking it away. This year, I signed up for Dynamic Catholic’s Best Lent Ever program. It’s still a bit of a mystery (slightly terrifying), but I’m committed and adore what Dynamic Catholic stands for so I’m sure I’m in good hands (God’s anyway, right?).
Another idea is to immerse ourselves in the Word of God. This one has some personal relevance as the Holy Spirit keeps whacking me over the head with it, in the form of a suggestion from a priest, articles here there and everywhere. I like a guy with a sense of humor, don’t you?!
Another idea which has plusses and minuses is the 40 Bags in 40 Days Challenge. I mean it cleans out the crevices and corners of our homes, but what about our hearts? Are we doing it to clean our own cobwebs or are we trying to give what others truly need? This article really nails how we should be approaching this task.
So, I’m not saying one way is better than another, I’m just sharing that there are so many options out there and pain isn’t to be avoided as it affords a chance to grow closer to God and just plain grow.
May we see one another on the other side of these 40 days in the desert refreshed and renewed.
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