Today is Ash Wednesday and the start of Lent.
I usually do not participate in Lent, not because I don’t like it or anything of that sort, most of the time I just don’t know what to give up. My freshman year I decided to give up Facebook. I was made fun of for this because everyone thought that I didn’t need to do that or they heard someone else was doing it. I had decided to do it because I had never really given up anything for Lent. During my freshman year, Facebook had taken over a lot of my life-keeping in contact with friends back home and just wasting my time, so I decided to give it up. Another thing I did was start a daily devotional, which I had attempted before and decided to give it a try. Guess what-I did it and I didn’t die and I did a devotional every day. It actually was easier than I thought, some people told me that if it was easy than there was no need to give it up in the first place. I disagreed. The first week was difficult cause EVERYONE around me was on Facebook, during this time I got my homework done quicker, read more books, and was more “face to face” with people around me. Plus I was able to spend more time with God, which is always a plus.
This year I decided that I’m going to try something a little different. Typically when I do a devotion, I read Jesus Calling and then say a little prayer for my family and friends and then move on. This Lent I’m going to try something different-listening. I’ve been feeling that I haven’t been listening to God-I’ve been doing all the talking. So now I”m going to try that this Lent.
Some of you are probably thinking that this doesn’t make sense, but what matters is that it makes sense to me. Lent is for the individual and what it means for their life and I feel this can really enrich my life as a whole. Anyone who is giving up or taking up something-Good Luck!!