Monday, February 16, 2015

To give up, or not give up?

   So Lent is just around the corner, and Willie and I are going through our usual bout of what to give up, or should we even.  I'm not going to lie, in past years the things I have given up have been more for a healthy fresh start rather than spiritual renewal.  Last year I didn't give anything up, and instead tried to do something extra, which was all well and good, except that I obviously set the bar way too low and when Easter came around I don't know that I was honestly any better for my Lenten observance.
     I started thinking about this post by looking at some of the things that I had put on my list back in January, when my friend Andrea suggested a list of things to accomplish in the year, rather than New Year's resolutions.  Unfortunately most of those are personal, not spiritual- things like "run more 5ks" and read at least 10 nonfiction books.  So then I moved on to what have been the most positive growing experiences in my life this year?
    So here is what I am doing for Lent this year: Every day I am going to give something to someone I care about.  These may be little things, like a card, or a piece of candy to a coworker, or bigger things, like a book that made me think of you.  I think that focusing on others rather than myself is exactly what will help me to grow the most this Lent, and also help brighten someone else's day, I hope.

If you are interested in getting a letter in the mail, or a postcard, or a craft or something- please post in the comments below.  Thanks!