I know some people who dread the season of Lent because all they can see is sacrifice and loss and they don’t want to participate in either. They don’t want to give anything up for Lent. Nor, do they want to refrain from eating meat on Fridays. In addition, little to no interest exists in giving of their time and/or talent for the love of God and neighbor. Yet, sacrifice has a purpose meant to draw us closer to God. We can find joy in Lenten sacrifices.
Those who do wish to partake in the Lenten season usually give up their favorite foods/drink. Others sacrifice their free time and use it to do good deeds for others. This year my husband and I are taking a different approach. We’re combing through our house, looking for items to donate to charity. We’ve found old clothes that are perfectly good but don’t fit anymore. These clothes would be best placed with someone who needs them. That gives us joy! We’re also looking for household items – things from throughout the house that I haven’t touched in years. Again, these items would be best placed elsewhere – more joy!
Choose Your Lenten Sacrifices
What might you do this Lenten season that would take a little time and effort on your part, but make a positive difference in someone else’s life? What Lenten sacrifice would give you joy?
We find the joy in giving to others for the love of God and neighbor. Saint Luke said it well in the Acts of the Apostles when he quotes Saint Paul saying:
In every way I have shown you that by hard work of that sort we must help the weak, and keep in mind the words of the Lord Jesus who himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ (Acts 20:35)
Find ways to give of your time, talent and/or treasure during this Lenten season. Trust me. It will be a rewarding experience and fill you with lasting joy!
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