This coming week marks a special occasion for the Christian calendar –
Shrove Pancake Tuesday!
I am actually kidding because as much as I am looking forward to tucking into a stack of pancakes, what is most important is what is beginning the day after – Ash Wednesday and each one of the 40 days leading up to Easter Sunday. I am talking about Lent.
I have not always practiced Lent and when I have, it has been for various and sometimes incorrect reasons. For me, it is about withdrawing from the hustle and bustle of my every day life and identifying with Jesus. It is removing the clutter in my life to make room for more of Him. Bringing more of the sacred into my common day routine.
Yesterday over brunch, Jesse and I were talking about what we are going to give up. There is one thing I was alluding to when I talked about what my goals for February were. Peanut Butter.
For those of you who know me well, I eat it every. single. day. All natural crunchy peanut butter finds it’s way into my cereal, my burgers, my vegetables and everything else in between. Up until about a year ago, all my passwords were peanutbutter to pay homage to my undying addiction.
Can I give it up for 40 days?
I have a survival tactic built in which other nut butters like almond butter.
Jesse had a valid point when he mentioned that I should add something in if I am giving something up.
I am adding in silence.
It is something that is sorely lacking in my every day routine. When I drive, my stereo is loud, When I walk, my thoughts are loud. When I exercise, I am yelling into a microphone at innocent people. This Lent season, I am focusing on cutting the noise, nixing the peanut butter addiction and finding ways to remove the clutter.
Are you celebrating Lent?
If not, what are some ways that you are de-cluttering in February?