Monday, March 3, 2014

Lent Rookie In Training...

I have decided that this year I am going to participate in Lent.  This is a new adventure for me.  Every denomination does not participate in Lent and I grew up in one of them.  When I was young I lived next door to the nanny of a catholic family and heard all about the kids' Lent stories.  I was always thankful I was not expected to give up my favorite things to eat.  Growing up, I would have been impossible to live with if denied my Little Debbies.   Mmmmmmmm...Little Debbies... So celebrating Lent for the first time in my 44 years the question remains; what do I give up??

I am already on a diet so I have given up potatoes, white bread, milk chocolate, sugary snacks, chips...I have nothing left!!!  I have given up soda, I have given up tea...can I give up diets??  I'm thinking not.  It has to be something important, something meaningful, something that interferes with healthy activities.  Uh surely not...I don't think I can do it...I really have no choice...heavy sigh.  There is only one choice, Facebook.

Yes it is true, I have decided to give up Facebook for Lent.  Facebook is definitely a distraction and keeps me away from important chores, duties, hobbies.  It also replaces face to face interaction which is not very healthy either.  I'm thinking with the time I spend on Facebook, I should be able to accomplish something important like write the great American novel, find a cure for cancer, learn a new language, figure out the thought process of men.  Ok, maybe that is a little crazy, but yeah...I spend a lot of time on Facebook.  Fat Tuesday may be spent pinning every possible cute pig picture I can find.  This will not be easy.  It's going to be a long six weeks.

The point of this time is to prepare spiritually for Easter.  My hope is to not only spend my time wisely and break a somewhat unhealthy habit that I have formed; I am hoping that at the other end maybe, just maybe, I will grow a little...and figure out men.  An Easter miracle!!