"I have called you not to the secular journey
where you must make everything in your life now as pleasant as possible.
I have called you to the spiritual journey,
to a process of enlarging your heart to desire Me above everything else"
Tomorrow marks Ash Wednesday. The beginning of the Lenten Season.
What is Lent? Lent is a season of soul-searching and repentance. It is a season for reflection and taking stock. Lent originated in the very earliest days of the Church as a preparatory time for Easter, when the faithful rededicated themselves and when converts were instructed in the faith and prepared for baptism. By observing the forty days of Lent, the individual Christian imitates Jesus’ withdrawal into the wilderness for forty days.
I have never given up anything for Lent in the past, but this year a friend of mine post on her facebook that she intended to give up facebook for lent. At first, I thought WOW kudos to her, but I could never do that. However, the rest of the day as I was checking and rechecking my facebook (I might miss something you know!) I had that post in the back of my head.
Why do I spend SO much time on facebook? If facebook was a drink - I would be a raging alcoholic. If facebook was a drug - I would be living in the gutters begging for my next hit. Why do I spend so much time on facebook? Because I am addicted. Pure and simple.
I have been putting my time and energy into a social network site instead of investing that time in my marriage, my children, and my faith. That stops today! I have already had Richard change my facebook password. Yes, I would still be able to get a new password via my email, but I planned it that way. Just having him totally lock me out of my facebook would not help - it merely keeps me from forgetting that I have given it up and accidentally logging on. I need to have access to get my password to have accountability.
I can't wait to see what I get done in the next few weeks without having to check status updates all day long.
So check back, as I will be posting to my blogs (here and My School Home) and letting you all know what amazing things are happening around here now that I have more time for all the little things!
A Lenten Reflection
Give up complaining——focus on gratitude.
Give up pessimism——become an optimist.
Give up harsh judgments——think kindly thoughts.
Give up worry——trust Divine Providence.
Give up discouragement——be full of hope.
Give up bitterness——turn to forgiveness.
Give up hatred——return good for evil.
Give up negativism——be positive.
Give up anger——be more patient.
Give up pettiness——become mature.
Give up gloom——enjoy the beauty that is all around you.
Give up jealousy——pray for trust.
Give up gossiping——control your tongue.
Give up sin——turn to virtue.
Give up giving up——hang in there!