Any Christian person knows that the time of Lent is upon us. The 40 days from Ash Wednesday until Easter Sunday when we more or less give up something as an offering to God.
I sat the other night thinking about what I could give up that is vital to me I drew a big fat blank. Because yes, it must be something of importance in order to show the true sacrifice and ultimitely help bring you closer to God.
Some people give up things like caffeine or sweets, and should in return be using the money that would have once been used to buy said temptations towards a charitable donation or tithing. With doing Weight Watchers I feel like I have given up those things already and it wouldn’t so much be a sacrifice if I were to pick something like ‘chocolate’ as my gift to God for lent. A friend of mine (Hi Kelly!) is giving up Facebook for these 40 days in order to use the time she would have spent keeping up with friends & sharing what she made for dinner to pray or read her bible. I however, am totally not ready to abandon Facebook or my new love of Twitter for 40 days & 40 nights. Just not possible. (even though I know it totally is possible) So maybe next year!
With the help of my friend, Melissa, I decided to surrender my time to God through mass.
As a family with three small kids, Church is on the back burner. We go occasionally when it’s a holiday (like Christmas or Easter) or when it’s a special time for family (like a grandparent’s birthday or the anniversary of a lost loved one). I know. Horrible us. Every Sunday we lay around in pj’s or enjoy a liesurely breakfast in the comforts of our home or at the local IHOP spending quality time as a family. But whose to say quality time as a family can’t be spent at Church?
I have to admit, I have known in my heart of hearts that we should be attending mass together and do feel that tinge of guilt for not giving back to God after all he’s blessed me with. When the girls were in the NICU, Mike and I made it a point to take Tucker to church every week in order to really make our prayers for the girls and their health be heard by God. When they came home? Life got busy. & germs run rampant through public places. & small kids make it hard to really listen to the sermon. & we made excuse after excuse to stop going regularly.
But that is all going to change come this Sunday. Tucker is three. The girls are 19 months. Church is something we are totally capable of doing now. Our kids are good in church & if they aren’t good one week, God will understand. He did create them after all. He knows them better than we do. Will it always be easy? No. But is it important to me? Yes.
Mike and I both grew up Catholic, raised going to Church most Sundays and taking all our years of Catechism classes. We were baptized as babies, took our First Communion, and both were Confirmed in the Church. The same church I might add (well I was baptized at my grandparents church, but every thing else was done at the same church before we ever knew the other one existed). Raising my kids with God in their life is important to me. In a few short years Tucker will be embarking on Catechism classes himself, and the girls will follow the next year. I want them to have a knowledge of God and our religion before walking through those classroom doors.
I want to be the one to foster their relationship with God and it is going to start now rather than later.
What is your sweet surrender this season of Lent?