It's the first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, and as a Catholic, we are called upon to take these 40 days as a time of reflection, a time of sacrifice. Many Catholics give up something. As a child I used to give up candy, soda...and of course, on Easter, I would then consume large quantities of the same as soon as I could. As a kid, my Dad always used to joke that he was going to give up hard drugs or smoking or homosexual affairs for Lent (Joking, of course). In 4th grade, I made the mistake of telling my Sunday School teacher that I was giving up drinking and smoking. She did not find it all that funny, ironically. In hindsight, I think it's flipping hilarious.
T's giving up soda and chocolate milk for Lent. Me? I've chosen to not give up something but rather to "do" something for Lent. To work on the betterment of my relationship with T.
My friend, Jess, has spoken highly of "The Love Dare," a 40 day challenge based on Scripture and how to truly work on your relationship. It's not just for marriages in crises. Anyone could benefit from it in no matter what the stage of their relationship. Every day you read a chapter and reflect on the challenge you are given. I've been told that not all are easy, but I am up for it. And I'm curious to see what these next 40 days will bring.
What about you? Are you doing anything special for this Lenten season? If you don't celebrate it, what sacrifices would you make if challenged to do so?