We often view Lent as a time to “give up” something because it’s a wonderful way to experience sacrifice. This year, while you contemplate what to give up, think about giving too.
The word “Lent” traces back to Old Germanic words for “long” which seems appropriate for anyone anxiously awaiting warmer temperatures. Originally Lent was a time of discipline to prepare for Easter; 40 days dedicated to reflection, repentance, and anticipation for the hope of Salvation offered through Christ’s death and resurrection.
If you observe the yearly tradition of Lent, perhaps you've considered the age old question, “what am I giving up for Lent?”
Maybe today you’re starting the season with giving up your mroning coffee, sugary treats, or that bad habit you cant seam to kick. Whatever it may be that you decided to forego as an act of sacrifice and discipline, we invite you to consider giving something in its place.
Each day of Lent presents an opportunity for you to do something good for yourself and for others. “Taking up” good deeds and acts of kindness not only honors Christ’s teachings of love and service, but also provides a nice distraction from the temptation to cheat on your Lenten vows.
- If you are giving up your morning coffee, consider donating the money you would have spent on a cup of joe to your favorite charity.
- If you have decided to give up sugar, chocolate or other food items consider going through your pantry and donating items to a local food pantry.
- If you have chosen to give up watching televistion, consider finding volunteer opportunies where you can spend some extra time.
If you’re looking for other ways to honor Christ’s sacrifice – consider taking up our 40 Days 40 Items challenge. Each day of lent remove one item from your house that you no longer want or need and place it in a bag. At the end of the 40 days donate these items to our Family Store. They will be shared with those that who can really use them.