"Last week in class one of my professors was saying how for Lent we tend to give up things that don't really matter. Like.. chocolate for example. We give it up and moan and groan for weeks that we want chocolate so bad, but we are sacrificing for the Lord, and then the minute Easter hits, we gorge on all the chocolate we can find. Is this really a sacrifice? Why give up something for Lent if we are just going to take it back up again when Easter comes? My professor challenged us, Let's give up things that actually need to die in us. Things that we will continue to sacrifice even when Easter arrives."
My friend Lindsey Kubly wrote in her March goals that for Lent she was doing a spending freeze. I'd been wondering for a few weeks now what I would give up for Lent this year or if I would give anything up at all. When I saw Lindsey's idea - I realized I needed to do that too.
I have been really diligent with budgeting (I use mint.com and it is SO helpful!) the last few months, but I have not been sacrificial in how I budget. I do give, but I also spend unnecessary amounts of cash on things that don't really matter. I am horrible at telling myself No when I want something, or that I need to wait.
I refuse to let money and superficial things become an idol in my life. I refuse to be controlled by what the world tells me I need. And I refuse to look back on my life and see that I wasted my money on things that didn't matter.
For Lent I'll be using my Naptime Diaries Lent journal (it is undated - so you can buy it anytime!) and giving up unnecessary spending. I have my sister's wedding and a few birthdays during Lent, so I'm going to have a few exceptions for buying gifts and what not, but I'm not going to buy clothes, makeup, home decor items, and so on. I also plan to read Nancy Ray's Contentment posts, as this is a bit of a mini-Contenment Challenge. The money I save from not shopping - I plan to seek the Lord and see what He'd like me to do with it.
Are you sacrificing anything for Lent? I'm really looking forward to 40 intentional days seeking Jesus and reflecting on what these days mean for our faith.