My first experience with Lent

I wasn’t raised Catholic or any of the other Protestant denominations that continue to observe the tradition of Lent, so I was completely unfamiliar with it when I first heard it mentioned a few years ago at my church. Since then, I have used Wikipedia and other sites to inform myself of some of the finer details of the season, but I have never been brave enough to observe it personally. Self-denial isn’t my strong suit, I guess.

This year, as Ash Wednesday approached, I began pondering what I might be willing to give up. I thought of this and that, but nothing seemed to really hit the spot until I happened upon the idea of giving up Facebook. “It will be easy,” I thought, as I mustered up as much fortitude as possible.

Although I have frequently opined here about my love/hate relationship with Facebook, I am hopelessly addicted to it. It is usually the first thing I check in the morning when I log onto the internet, and the last site I visit before retiring for the night. I access it several times a day – via my cell phone or computer – and enjoy commenting on the status updates and photos posted by my friends. I try to “accentuate the positive” by remembering that human relationships are always complicated and messy, and I “eliminate the negative” through such simple practices as hiding annoying people and game updates.

So, here I am with almost a month left of Lent, and I’m still suffering withdrawal symptoms. I pacify my urges with Twitter. It’s fun, but it certainly doesn’t fill the niche that Facebook can.

A rather ironic and unfortunate thing happened while I was writing this post. I had another tab open in my browser and mindlessly clicked the Facebook link on a business page. I quickly hit the back button, but not before the profile page appeared. A minor setback. Onward and upward…

Author: Brian

Blogger. Bookworm. Michael Jackson fanatic. Lives in Kentucky with partner of 12 years and three fabulous felines.

5 thoughts on “My first experience with Lent”

  1. you’ve probably heard this already, but it’s also traditional to do something for Lent. of course, that can be rougher than giving something up…

    I hope you work things out with your faith, and that you will find a church home that works for you and Honey.

    I hope that you do get to Yosemite some day soon. I’ve had the privilege of going often, since infancy, and it is still unbelievably majestic to me.

    (first time commenter, but I’ve been peeking in on you for a while) :)

    peace.

  2. oh (sorry) P.S. ~ Lenten self-denial is for Monday through Saturday only. Sunday is a “feast day” and you may break the fast if you want to. really.

  3. @ KQ: So glad you commented! I find the idea of doing something more intriguing than giving something up. Do you have any good ideas you can give me?

    I have heard the rule about Sundays being optional, but I decided to stick with it for the entire time. Some days are easier than others, but I think I can do it. =)

  4. Brian, the possibilities are only limited by your imagination. a daily, random act of kindness… service: volunteer at a shelter, read stories to kids, help a senior, sweep somebody’s floor, work in a community garden… reflection: commit to spend 30 minutes in prayer/meditation, take a daily walk, spend time with a devotional, or just freestyle it with your bible for a set amount of time each day…

    you get the idea. Lenten blessings to you!

  5. @ KQ: I did a random act of kindness for my neighbor this weekend. I removed a tree that had fallen across her property. She didn’t see me, but figured out what I did and called to leave the sweetest message. She said she couldn’t think of anyone else who would have done such a nice thing for her. Made me feel really good! =)

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