A lot of people give up something for Lent,
the 40 days before Easter, to keep them focused on the Lord,
reminding them each time they want that thing they have given up,
of his great love and all he gave up for us on the cross.
I think anything that keeps my mind staid on Jesus is a good thing.
I'm giving up junk food for Lent this year...
it's a choice that drives me to my knees,
especially mid afternoon when the chocolate cravings attack with
a fierceness that leaves me weak.
I think my sin nature is attached to my sweet tooth.
Giving up chocolate seems to keep me in a state of constant prayer...
(Sweet Jesus, help me now!)
Last night at dinner Jack asked if he could do something for Lent.
If kids could give something up for 40 days.
We said "yes, of course" a little taken aback that he would want to join in.
We were a little over proud
at his willingness to do something so sacrificial....
Until Jack smiled his wide smile and said,
"I am going to give up eating fruits and vegetables for Lent."
To his dismay, he was met with a "nice try".
Such are the inner spiritual workings of pastor's family.
(I myself thought giving up laundry might not be a bad idea.)
Maybe we'll be more holy by next year.
We can always hope.