Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of 40 days and 40 nights of Lent for many Christians. What are you giving up? Or more importantly, what are you going to do?
The three things I heard this week to do for the Lenten season were fast on Ash Wednesday and Fridays, carve out more time for daily prayer, and do good works.
Yes, I’m hungry, and probably will be every Friday, craving a fat juicy steak that I’d normally not care about. It’s a funny thing when you can’t have something, you fixate on it.
Second, I will find time to pray more. If you believe that prayers make a difference in this world, then more prayer is a good idea.
Third, there is the part about doing good works. I think that is most difficult of all. Off the top of my head I don’t know what “good works” I can do. However, I am confident that if I keep my eyes open and look around me, I’ll see small ways where I can make a difference.
I’d like to know what you are doing for Lent. What good works are you going to do?
Here are two heartfelt stories I read several years ago. I hope you enjoy reading them and appreciate those close to you!
From SwimSwam a story about USC’s Jack Wagner — NO FEARS.
A story about a young boy and his gift to a soldier that will be remembered for a lifetime.
Here’s a slideshow of 13 Popular Things People Give Up for Lent.