3 days into my Fast, Pray, Give Lenten discipline, I got lazy.
To be clear, I didn’t really get lazy from following the Fast, Pray, Give Lenten Calendar: I was following most of the things they recommended throughout the days and was enjoying a sense of rhythm to each day as I got up in the morning and checked out what we were going to be doing during the day. It’s fun to know there are thousands of people all doing the same things each day – a cool sense of a Lenten community.
But early on, I did realize that it was going to be difficult to blog each day about the day’s practices. And I realized that I was feeling disappointed that I missed a day, and then two, and then…and that’s not what I want this 2010 Lent to be about: feeling guilty for not accomplishing yet another thing that I tell myself I’m going to do. There are enough new challenges in my life right now (trying to manage my time better, running/working out daily, starting up Weight Watchers again…), so I don’t think I’m going to stick myself with another one.
If there are certain days that do stand out as particularly meaningful, I will probably share those on the blog. But at least this frees me up to not feel like I HAVE to blog each day on the disciplines.
One thing I realized is that through these 40 days of practicing different disciplines of fasting, praying and giving – hopefully there will be a few of them that will “stick” and continue on after Lent. Obviously not everything that Busted Halo suggests is going to work for me…nor should it. But hopefully there will be a few practices that I can latch onto for this season in my life.
I pray that in whatever way you have decided to experience Lent this year, that you are able to experience a greater awareness of God throughout your daily lives and that your practices might help prepare you for the celebration that is Easter.