Just wanted to give a quick thank you to all of you were wished Little Sissy a happy birthday. I talked to her on the phone Thursday night and told her all about how all my blog friends thought she was cute as pie and wished her a happy birthday. She was very excited about it all and wanted me to tell you all thank you for her!
Alright moving on to what I really wanted to talk about today. I’m not sure how many of you actually participate or even know, but Ash Wednesday (the start of Lent) is this coming Wednesday. Now, I am not Catholic, but I am a Christian and I do love the idea of sacrificing something in my life for Christ, even if only for 40 days. Actually, the church group I am in on Thursday nights brought it up this last week, and we decided to all do it together, and support each other along the way.
I remember trying Lent a few times in high school. Basically I looked at it as giving something up. I didn’t see it as an opportunity to get close to Christ. It was all about testing my will power and my strength.
And in high school, my will power was all about one thing: food. So numerous times I gave up candy, chocolate, fast food, ect. And did I ever make it those 40 days? No, I didn’t. One because I was selfish and not seeking Christ, and two because I was already depriving myself of so much, that all it ended up doing was leading to a binge.
But now we are in the present day. Now when I think about Lent, I think about sacrificing something for 40 days and using that sacrifice to grow closer to God. Giving up food never even crossed my mind.
But it does for everyone else. As we sat there Thursday discussing what we could give up, all the ideas were passed around the room. Fast food, cookies, sugar, coffee…
At first it didn’t bother me. I just saw it as a way for my group to get away from their nasty eating habits. But then it hit me, why are we so focused on food? Why is it that whenever something comes up about change or about being better, it automatically means giving up food?
New Years resolutions? Lose weight, eat better. Lent? No sugar, nothing processed. Be a better person? Get healthy.
Why do all these monumental life changes or sacrifices, have to be focused on food? Isn’t there something else we can do to make ourselves better? How about showing more love. Or being more forgiving. Or letting go of anger and bitterness. Why do those things never cross people’s minds?
Because we live in a world so focused on ourselves. Even with something like Lent, where the point is to SACRIFICE something like God sacrificed his son. Where the stakes are supposed to be high. Where it’s supposed to be important, and unselfish.
The focus remains on ourselves. The focus remains on what we can do for us.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not trying to say you are a selfish, self absorbed jerk if you chose to give up sugar for Lent. I’m simply trying to point out the fact that our world revolves around food. The fact that you are willing to even try to give up something for God is great, and I will support you as much as I can.
But for me, I’m not giving up food anymore. EVER again actually. Yes, maybe I will cut back on sugar every once in a while when I notice that my skin is flipping out (which happens). Yes, maybe I will cut out a few carbs when it gets closer to Bestie’s wedding in order to feel more confident in my bridesmaid dress.
But no, I will NEVER completely give up any kind of food. Not even for 40 days.
So, for Lent this year, I have decided to give up my usually morning routine. Typically I’m at by 6AM, sipping coffee and checking out the blog world or instagram. Instead, I’ve decided to devote that time to Bible reading, journaling, or just sitting quietly with my thoughts. Because my goal for Lent is to really grow closer to God, not learn how to live without something. That’s not what God intended for us. He wants us to have a full life. Full of love, hope, and grace.
Are you giving up something for Lent?
Do you notice how our world revolves around food?