I've never given anything up for Lent. Never. So there.
Apparently I haven't been much into self-sacrifiice but as I get older (yep, the big 4-0 this summer), I'm starting to appreciate the beauty of self-discipline. I've followed numerous cleansing & detoxing programs, fasted, started running and recently became a proud veganista. It feels good to commit to something and be successful!
So as this season of Lent approaches.....a time of sacrificial contemplation....I'm giving in & giving something up! Since I didn't grow up in a tradition that observes Lent, I don't know if it's appropriate to share what my sacrifice will be be but, well, forgive my ignorance. (I'm pretty sure everyone shares this, though, because I always knew who wasn't eating chocolate or drinking soda.)
I, Stephanie Wills Eby, am sacrificing a small portion of my time each day. I've decided to follow Jesus into the desert of meditation. For 40 days I will sit in my sacred space and be still. I will pray, cry, laugh, sing and read, if I feel so inclined. And I will most likely fidget. But I will think about what it means to give of myself and be thankful for my redemption.