I'm hip with the times, yo.
If you didn't already know, this blog was started as part of my lenten effort to give up negativity last year, so this moment is oh, so nostalgic. If you're curious, you can check out my daily posts from February/March of last year.
Only if you're curious. And if you're into bad writing. Or both.
OTHERWISE, here are some quick facts about Lent:
- It's not just a Catholic thing. I think Catholics have much more regulations regarding what goes on during Lent, but seeing as it's a time to commemorate the 40 days that Jesus fasted in the desert, and seeing as Jesus is kind of big deal for most Christians, it applies to everyone.
- You don't have to celebrate Lent, and some people don't. One of my friends didn't even know what Lent was last year. It's not technically mandated in Scripture, so everyone kind of has their own take on it. You can find out more about how specific denominations view Lent here.
- You fast during Lent. This can be with a food, or with something like Facebook. The idea (from what I understand) is not just to give up something in commemoration of Jesus's own temptation, but also to use the extra time and energy to grow closer to God. This is why some people also take on activities during Lent, such as Scriptural studies, or more time spent in prayer. It's really a personal thing between you and God when it all comes down to it.
- Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent (also not just a Catholic thing), Maundy Thursday (commemoration of the last supper) is the end. Lent lasts for 40 days, not including Sundays.
- If you want more information, go back and click on any/all of the hyperlinks I included above.
This year I've decided to give up interrupting. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people don't listen to what I say, jump in before I'm finished, and/or don't actually listen to what I've said because they're too busy coming up with a response.
These things drive me crazy, and yet I still find myself doing them to other people. I don't like that.
I'm also particularly adept at always turning conversations back to revolve around me, and I'm hoping that becoming a better listener will help with that. It's funny how the traits you hate most in other people can turn out to be your own worst flaws as well.
If you're reading this and happen to know me, don't let me interrupt when you talk to me. You deserve to be heard fully and completely.
In addition to this, I'm also going to make a point to read my Bible every morning before I check the weather, as well as how many people still haven't liked my riveting status from the night before.
Thirdly, I'm going to start journaling again. I had a prayer journal for most of last year, and it was amazing how much closer to God I felt just by writing down my prayer requests. It was also especially fun to go back and see how they were answered later on.
Each week I'll plan on having a blog post about how everything's going, both for accountability and retrospective humor purposes.
To sum it all up, from now until April 17, I will be:
- Hanging out with God before I scroll through pictures of puppies
- Summary-of-week blogging
If you have a moment, please pray for me! I'm an extremely self-centered person, so while this will be good for me, it will also be very difficult. Which is good. But annoying.
Until next time, happy Lent-ing!