Lent 2017 : Week One
Lent…I’ve never really participated in it. Not because I disagree with it or anything like that. I just never knew what it was, and even when I did find out about it, I didn’t care. I’ve grown up in non-denominational churches, so throwing a word around like Lent just wasn’t a thing growing up. Even the church my wife and I attend now has “40 Days of Fasting and Prayer” that happens to be on the exact same 40 days as Lent. Coincidence? I think not. What’s the big deal about calling it what it is? But that’s for another post. All of that said, I by no means claim to be an expert on lent. I’m sure I’m doing it wrong somehow, but I thought I would document the process...I've got a lot of free time on my hands. But more on that later.
Lauren, my wife, grew up Lutheran or as she would refer to it as “Diet Catholic”. I think we’re working on getting that trademarked. Apparently Lent is a thing in those circles. Lent is a thing for her, which means it’s a thing for me. Last year, I think I gave up social media…God I’m such a martyr. For me it just seemed like a time to give up something, and sure I’ll pray a couple minutes more. Traffic’s been a little rough on the way to work, so that shouldn’t be a problem. I felt like taking it more seriously this year. Which for me, to take anything serious is really saying a lot.
As I’m writing this, we’re just over a week into it. This time around, I decided to give up social media, and beer! GASP. “Beer?! Kyle how could you possibly do it?” Don’t worry I’ve already thought of that. I’m sticking to just cutting out beer. Other alcohol is still on the table, so I should be fine. I’m not an alcoholic or anything (something an alcoholic would say)…but beer is a regular part of my balanced diet, and its absence will surely be noticed. And of course I just put social media in there to double up on my sacrifice. I’m super spiritual like that. I can easily stay away from Instagram. Facebook? More like Forget-about-it-book…or something shorter and cleverer than that. That is until I found myself opening up Safari and typing “F” into the search bar every five minutes to go check Facebook. I don't even post anything on there. I just scroll through and see what everyone else is doing. Oh and of course, the many times I’ve already spent laying in bed feeling like I have no purpose without an endless sea of pictures to scroll through. And I thought beer was my true sacrifice. I’m a fool.
We've only just begun.
To be continued….