I am just a little slow of late in keeping up on what is happening, but here we are and it is Fat Tuesday. Final day of Mardi Gras, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday. For all of my Roman Catholic friends it means they will head to church and come out with ashes on their foreheads. For many it will be one of 3 holidays they ever set foot in church. For me, it really means not that much.
I’m not Catholic any longer, I am at a non-denominational church that lines up very closely to the Reformed Baptists. Some in our church will personally recognize the season of lent, the 40 days leading up to Easter/Resurrection Sunday.
Per Wikipedia, “Lent in the Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. Lent is a time of sacrifice for Jesus. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.”
Many will give up something during this time, a time to remember the sacrifice of Christ. Of course in giving something up it should be something that they enjoy much, so there is some ‘suffering’ involved with this personal sacrifice. I noted on my niece’s Facebook today that she is giving up ice cream, Facebook, and Starbucks. I must admit I am a bit impressed, as Facebook and ice cream will be tough for her! She is on Facebook a LOT, and she works at a soft serve ice cream shop.
I had not really given any thought to lent this year, as most years I really never have observed it because I sort of left that behind me when I left the Catholic church after I moved out of my parent’s home. Now, I’m debating it again.
My word for 2011 is SEEK. What better way to really move with the whole seeking than to observe lent in some fashion this year. My goal in seeking is to gain a closer walk with my Savior.
It has me thinking, what IF I went silent on Facebook, Twitter, and Foursquare for 40 days, and when I felt the itch to ‘connect’ socially I instead got IN the Word of God, prayed, and wrote actual notes to others to encourage them? I’d not give up the blogs, as those are therapy and my journals, but could I give up the social media for 40 days? It has me giving it very serious thought.
Going to give this some serious thought, as I am very much addicted to my various forms of social media, and see about going silent. My blog sends an automatic tweet, but I myself would not be logging in or sending other tweets. I AM overly socially connected. It WOULD be a tough one to do!
Something to ponder…..