I didn’t even realize until last night that this week begins Lent, that today was Fat Tuesday and tomorrow Ash Wednesday. I knew someone who just went to New Orleans for Mardi Gras, so I’m not sure how I didn’t make that connection. Apparently, I’m just that out of it.
I began practicing Lent when I was a freshman in college. I gave up coffee and caffiene. One year I gave up peanut butter; another year, my scale. I’m not Catholic, but I love the tradition of giving something up to focus on something bigger and to try and focus my life a little. I like taking some time to reflect on what I could give up-asking myself what is so important in my life that it demands a lot of my time…and that would probably make my life better if I gave it up for 40 days. I’m also kind of an Easter nut-I love it-so the thought of anticipating it and leading up to it is exciting. And the whole point at the end of the 40 days is about an empty tomb, right? So I can daily empty myself of something(s) to focus on the importance of that. So after some thought, and prayer, I’ve decided to give up a few different things, some of them food, some of them things I do online, and they are all going to replaced with something productive and proactive.
So, no big Fat Tuesday celebrations or binges…not all of those things are bad, but I know for myself there is too much potential for weakness there, so I’ll just start a day early on the whole “fasting”” thing:) I’m interested to know-do you celebrate Lent at all?