Don’t Give Up Something For Lent

When I was little, my family didn’t formally celebrate Lent.

My cousins did.

So did many of the neighborhood kids; especially the big, Catholic families with lots of siblings running around. (We could throw together a kickball game in no time as long as we could get one of those families to come!)

Lent always intrigued me. The ashes on the forehead, the ordering a fish sandwich on Fridays instead of a burger up at the local McDonalds.

I remember wanting to not only know what it was all about, but to be invited to the celebration too.

Later, in high school, I began to attend a church that did celebrate Lent (but allowed us to choose what we would give up). Ta-da! I now not only learned about the observance on the Christian calendar, but felt included in the party.

Over the years, I’ve given up sweets, a particular TV show, soda-pop and other assorted indulgences.

In recent years, however, I have stopped giving up something for Lent. Perhaps you will want to too.

Now, I take on something for Lent. Like serving in a soup kitchen once a week. Taking a hurting soul out for coffee every Saturday or acquiring a new habit like walking or reading the Bible before hopping on the computer.

My antique writing desk I purchased at a local garage sale. Not where I write blogs & books & articles, but where I write people.

This year, I have decided to take on writing a note of encouragement or thanks to someone each day of Lent.

Yep. That’s 40 notes in 40 days.

In a way, I am still giving up something—my time; time when I could be doing something for myself but will instead will be doing something for another human. And my money. Between note cards & postage, about 25 bucks. (So long extra latte cash!)

Care to join me?

Four packs of notecards, one for each of four gals selected from those who comment on this post. See the lovely clearance stickers? {smiles}

I found some clearance notecards at Target yesterday. So, I bought four additional packs so four of you could join me in the note-jotting adventure. One pack should get you started on your way to gratefulness and cheer.

If you are a traditional Lent-observer, may God meet you as you sacrifice an indulgence over the next six weeks.

If you have never joined the celebration, how about this year you do?

But don’t give up something for Lent.

Take something on.

*Tell us about you & Lent. Do you observe it? Give something up? Want to join me in taking something on? The four comments selected at random will be announced Thursday.

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  • I love the idea of taking something up during lent rather than giving something up :)
    I have been part of a facebook group that “snail mails” each other each week. We are only committed to one a week but have also added birthdays and special occasions. I have a chronic illness that makes this challenging for me but I am doing it. I am going to join you in mailing a card each day of Lent. I know I will do it only with the strength I get from JESUS :)

    If I win one of the boxes of note cards, pick another name, I’ve already been blessed by your give a-ways and its someone else’s turn :)

    Love you sweet Karen!! ????????????

  • What a beautiful idea! I already write encouraging notes and send encouraging texts but not daily. Would love to see the impact of doing it daily during Lent.

  • Love this! I just received difficult news about my own health (breast cancer) and this is a perfect opportunity for me to let people know they are loved and what they really mean to me RIGHT NOW. While I expect to come through this new adventure just fine (God’s peace is ever present!), I will have time to love on others as they have loved on me through the years. Wonderful idea I wish I’d acted on each time I was prompted. Thank you Karen!

  • Karen, thanks for the wonderful idea. While we are to be the hands of feet Jesus ongoing, what an idea to elevate that further at Lent to keep ourselves focused on others. In the day of digital, letter writing is becoming a lost art. In our hurried, Starbucks world, taking the time to show our appreciation to others in a letter is a previous gift.