Now, I am no minister of faith, but I pondered on how Jesus would weigh in on this notion of "giving up." I am not talking about forty days of fasting in the desert here. God, no. I am talking about today's world. The land of Nintendo and Wii and iPods and American Girl dolls. The plugged in/battery operated world. The gotta have it all and gotta have it now world. The world we live in. I just don't think giving up playing with your Webkinz has anything to do with Lent. For some odd reason, I think Jesus would agree.
In my humble opinion, Lent, being forty days long, give or take a few, and don't forget that Sundays don't count, should be spent thinking about how we could be better friends and neighbors, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers, etc. and then doing it. We all "know" how. Jesus showed us that. It is the "doing it" part that comes so difficult for most of us. I do not think it is intentional. We are so used to living in the fast lane that we forget to listen, to think, to empathize, to hold the door open. We forget to get out of our trench and see how it's going in the trench next to ours. It's not our fault. There's no blame here. We all just get wrapped up in our own "things." After all, we are human.
I think Lent should be a time of reflection, a time of "giving" rather than one of "giving up." How about forty days of giving? I think that the little things count. I really do. And they add up. And you get warm fuzzies to boot. My Lenten season is going to be spent in reflection, giving and fellowship. A time to reach out. How about committing to giving on these forty or so days with me? After all, Jesus showed us how to do it best.