Today is the first day of Lent. I did grow up Christian. But, I did not grow up practicing Lent. I don’t think I ever even heard of Lent until I was an adult. My adult understanding was Lent was something Catholics practiced. I have since learned more about it including the fact that other Christian faiths also practice Lent.
In recent years I have decided to take up the practice. I kind of do my own take on it. Sometimes I have given up things like fried foods. Other times I have required myself to do something like do housework. Some may say I am not doing Lent right. According to their traditions maybe I’m not. The main thing is that I am making Faith practices a part of my life because that is an essential Pillar Of Joy. How I (and anyone else) incorporates those faith practices is a personal thing and different for everyone. To me Lent is about enduring some type of sacrifice for 40 days to grow in empathy while reflecting on all of the sacrifices Jesus made for us.
This year I will be making dietary sacrifices again. I struggle with my diet more than anything else. I know who I should and should not do to have a healthy diet yet I consistently don’t do it. Yall see me in the gym so you know I don’t have an issue with the exercise side of health and fitness. But the food part, that is where I struggle. So I will be making dietary sacrifices because:
1 I have to change these habits to be healthy
2 It will be hard for me to make these changes and therefore a true sacrifice.
3 these changes will help me be healthy for pregnancy
So here is what I will be giving up for Lent.
My one exception is I will be celebrating my birthday with birthday cake!
This is going to be hard but I know I can do it.
Do you participate in Lent? If so, What is your sacrifice.