Today is Ash Wednesday and while my particular denomination does not emphasize Lent much, I have chosen to participate this year. Several years ago, I gave up cheese for Lent. I am a cheese addict and restaurants put cheese on everything. But, everytime I said no to cheese I remembered that Jesus spent 40 days fasting in the desert and then he was crucified. Gave me a little perspective and I really felt the significance of the Easter holiday.
This year I've decided to give up Facebook for Lent. Facebook is a source of a few arguments for my husband and I. He isn't into social networking sites. And admittedly, I do spend too much time on there. In addition to giving up Facebook, I have decided to take on the book The Love Dare. For the most part, I have an excellent marriage, but I want to learn to love my husband better and I want to make sure that I keep God at the center of our relationship. Since it is a 40 day challenge, I thought Lent would be the perfect time to do it.
Today's lesson was "Love is Patient". The lesson emphasized that anger often occurs when we don't get something we want. Rather than reacting in anger, the message was to react with patience. This keeps us from saying things we will regret and brings peace to a household. The dare is to say nothing negative to our spouse today.
Are you participating in Lent this year? What are you giving up and why?