Friday, March 19, 2010

Perspectives from the Field: Giving Up for Lent, and God

About three years ago, I talked to my kids about Lent and what it meant to them. I was a mentor for confirmation at the time. So we read through the study book to find out what Lent really meant.

I asked my kids to pray for a couple of days about what would be the best thing for them to give up. After a couple of weeks, I noticed my son was not drinking pop which he usually did on a daily basis. When I asked him about it, he said that was what he was giving up for Lent. But I noticed he continued the pattern even after Easter that year. And, it continues to this day. He gave up pop from that Lent forward. It’s been for three years now.

Every time we would go out to eat, he would order water. Each time he did so, it made me think about God and our relationship with Him. So I would challenge everyone to really make a commitment to give something up for God. Not just during Lent, but for life.

by Lori Watson
Pleasant Hill UMC, Pleasant Hill, MO
Loving God, Loving Neighbor

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