What are you doing for Lent?

Every year, for Lent, I try to do something. Some years, I’m successful, and other years, I’m not. Sometimes, I use the Lenten season as a time to  change my diet and try to maintain that practice after Lent has ended. I have successfully cut my refined sugar intake as a result of a Lenten practice in 2014. One year, I stopped shopping for clothes until Holy Week. Another year, I attempted to spend only cash.

This year, I’m going to focus on something simple:

I’m going to do what I do really well, and help others to do the same.

I can also make funny faces really well, but somehow, I doubt that this particular skill fits into the category of “Lenten practices.”

I’m going to affirm people more often. I love giving compliments and I love helping people to discover their gifts. So often, we focus on sin and weakness. If we shifted our focus to sharing as many little acts of kindness and compassion as we possibly could each day, do you think there would be time left for anything less?

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