Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Are you willing to give something up?

Many of you know that I am an Administrative Associate at a local church. Today is Ash Wednesday which (if you attend church) has me wondering ... will you wear the cross (from ashes) on your forehead today for others outside of church to see? Will you give something up to honor the 40 days of Lent? Many people will give up eating meat on Fridays. Some will choose to give up Facebook. Some will give up sweets or pop. It doesn't really matter 'what' you give up as long as you remember 'why' you are making a symbolic sacrifice.

Here's an even better idea that my pastor suggested. Rather than give something up for 40 days, why not do something every day for the next 40 days that you wouldn't normally do. You could pray every morning for someone else. You could vow to hold the door open for a stranger OR let someone go in front of you in line at the store OR let another driver out of the parking lot to go in front of you. Sometimes making the intentional effort to do something good every day is much harder than giving something up.

What are you willing TO DO or NOT DO for the next 40 days?

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