Lent is on the way. This six-week season before Easter encourages sacrifice, thanksgiving, and charity as a way to grow and transform. Growing up, this season was always one of dread for me. As a family, we would give up deserts, sweets, chips, and pop. And I never really understood why. I would try to go without a daily chocolate fix and I’d be grumpy as a bear. Or I’d cheat and find some hidden bag of chocolate chips somewhere. Then I’d feel guilty. I did not feel very thankful or charitable. And I certainly didn’t feel like Lent was making me a better person.
Only in the past couple years has my understanding of Lent started to mature a bit and I can appreciate the value of it when it is done with a broader awareness of what it’s really about.
Here are some of the things that I have learned about Lent.
Do you want to do something new and interesting for Lent this year? Try the 42 Day Choice Challenge. Over 6 weeks you will be guided and supported in choosing to let go of the stuff in your thoughts and feelings that leaves you drained, and you will have the opportunity to bring something new and replenishing into your daily life.
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