The Lenten season has arrived! Now begins a time for penance in the six weeks leading up to Easter. Many followers of the Christian faith observe Lent through fasting or by giving up certain indulgences as a form of atonement. My dad opts for fish instead of his beloved Friday steak dinners during Lent and my aunt abstains from chocolate like so many other sweet-toothed people I know. Heaven knows, it’s not easy whatever you choose to do!
Personally, I like to switch it up every year to keep things interesting. If you’re looking for a creative way to observe Lent, scroll down to see 15 of my ideas and share you own in the comments!
1. Park in the spot farthest from the entrance.
This will serve as a reminder of how fortunate you are to have a car and the mobility to take those extra steps.
2. Give away an item a day.
There’s always something in your closet, bookshelves or pantry that you no longer need, and that could make someone else’s day a bit brighter.
3. Give up elevators and escalators.
Not only is taking the stairs better for you, it reminds you that it’s not always easy getting where you want to go.
4. Every day, let a different person you care about know how much they mean to you.
This one is less about giving something up and more about giving something back.
5. Refrain from checking your phone when socializing with others.
Connecting to the people you’re with is more important than being “connected.”
6. No TV, Internet or phones after dinner.
Spend the extra time reflecting on your intentions and bonding with your family.
7. Prepare every meal yourself.
It will be healthier for you and better on the budget, as well as a hearty challenge.
8. Give up the dishwasher.
As you wash, think about how fortunate you are to put food on the table, have dishes to clean and hot running water to clean them with.
9. Don’t eat the last bite of your food.
If you tend to be a part of the “clean plate club,” this might be for you!
10. Refrain from texting.
A phone call is always a nicer gesture and takes a bit more effort.
11. Give up salt.
Forget chocolate — this one would be extra hard for me!
12. Share one thing you’re thankful for every day on Facebook.
It’s a great opportunity to take a moment to appreciate “the little things.”
13. Go mirror-free.
Instead of holding a mirror up to your face, reflect on your soul.
14. Give up the snooze button.
Might be hard to remember that it’s Lent the minute the buzzer sounds, but you’ll get in the habit soon enough!
15. Give up a pet peeve of yours.
Instead of cursing the person who doesn’t use his turn signal, practice forgiveness.
What are you giving up for Lent? Did anything from my list pique your interest? Can you think of any more creative ways to observe Lent? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!
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