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Today is Ash Wednesday and marks the beginning of Lent. While not practiced in the denomination I belong to, I am going to participate in Lent this year. I’ve read a bit about Lent and what it means and I think it is a wonderful tradition among the people who practice it.
Lent is a period of time set aside for reflection on Jesus Christ, his life, death, burial, and resurrection. It is a time of fasting, repentance, moderation, and self-denial. As Christians, we are to focus on our Savior daily, but I like the idea of a special period of time where the Church worldwide is participating together in repentance and reflection on Jesus. It makes me feel a part of something big and important.
So after much thought and prayer, I’ve decided to give up something that will be extremely difficult for me.
I am going to give up NEGATIVITY.
Right, you heard me. You thought I was going to say chocolate or TV or Facebook or Diet Dr. Pepper. Nope. While all of those things would be difficult for me, I have decided to do something that would really focus inward and hopefully transform my thought processes.
I’ve slipped into negativity in all areas of my life…work, home, play…I have become Debbie Downer. And I don’t even like me much of the time anymore. I’m sure those around me have struggled with my negativity as well. (I love you, John, for putting up with me.)
So today I embark on my season of Lent. I am giving up all forms of negativity…
- Sarcasm (my particular favorite)
- Glass half-empty thinking
- ___________ ????