Every now and then I like to take this little blog on a joyride if you will. Steering clear of the normal content, which I do love, and talk about something a little different.
Today, Fat Tuesday, I thought I’d give you my take on what the season of Lent is all about.
We all know when Lent is about to start because it begins with one last hooray (i.e. Mardi Gras). Then the next day you see people walking around with ashes all over their forehead. Then you hear people talking about what they are giving up for lent. But without getting all religious do you know why we do it?
I think it’s worth talking about because you don’t have to be catholic to understand the meaning and take something meaningful away from it.
We know Lent is 40 days and ends Easter Week and that during that time period some of us fast, some of us abstain from eating meat on Fridays and some of us give something up. Most of the time you hear about people giving up chocolate, sugar, caffeine…the list goes on but Lent wasn’t meant to be a time for dieting.
As kids, we always tried to get away with giving up vegetables (because we loved them SOOOO much) but we were always encouraged to give up a bad habit or something that we just thought would improve who we were if we didn’t do it anymore. I’ll never forget one year trying to give up fighting with my brother, probably would’ve worked if he had given up the same thing. He didn’t and I caved. 🙂
Basically Lent is meant to be a time of introspection, change, sacrifice and humility. It’s about getting back to basics and simplifying our lives.
Am I giving something up..yep but that’s between me and you know who. After the 40 days are up, you emerge a better person, stronger even and ready to celebrate (Easter).
I guess what I’m saying is feel free to join in all the Lenten fun. 🙂 It’s worth the time and effort and if not, that’s great too. I’m betting this time of year makes you think about your families Easter traditions.
What are some of your favorite family traditions? In case you’re curious. Link to more info
Ok, I promise to return to your regularly scheduled posts after this.