So, I've been somewhat perplexed. Do I repeat something I did before for the sake of giving something up? Do I just 'skip' Lent this year? Do I need to pray harder that God would show me what He would have me sacrifice this year?
Then, a Facebook friend posted about Lent and was asking what other people were doing this year. And, she shared this idea... and it's one that resonates with me. She said that she was challenging herself to bless someone else in some way each day of Lent.
40 Days of Blessing Others. I like it. I like it a lot.
These blessings can be small. They don't have to be extravagant. Here are some of the things I've thought of...
- Cook a my children's favorite meal
- Do a chore that is normally my husband's (like putting out the trash on trash night)
- Send a note of encouragement to someone
- Compliment a stranger
- Give a waitress a truly generous tip
- Allow someone in front of me when waiting in a line
- Visit someone who is lonely
- Offer to babysit for someone for an hour or two
- Make a doublebatch meal and take the extra to a friend
- Smile at someone who is not
- Make an extra donation to a charity/ministry
- Put little 'I love you' notes in my children's lunches
Simple things. Things of kindness and thoughtfulness that we should look to do on a regular basis anyway. And, in making small sacrifices of time, effort, and/or money I can bless someone and prepare my heart for Easter.
This year I also am planning to continue something that I heard about for the first time last year - 40 Bags in 40 Days. If you haven't heard of this before, it's a way of helping to purge and clear your home of things that aren't either needed or loved. The idea is to fill a bag ( the size bag is up to you) each day of things that you can give away or donate. I also love this idea because it's a way of blessing others with your donations and decluttering our homes, our lives, our minds at the same time.
So, what are you doing for Lent this year?