Content Warning: Christianity, Lent, faith
Hello folks! It’s been a little while – the usual things got in the way again, you know, like work, toddler, housing issues…
So we’ve blasted through the first two months of the year, haven’t we? January went so fast I barely blinked and I’d missed it, then February and my birthday happened, and tomorrow is Shrove Tuesday (or Pancake Day) which means Wednesday is the start of Lent! Which is an exciting time for me as a (relatively) new Christian.
I’ve never really done Lent properly (that I remember), despite attending a Catholic primary school, but since I’m a year into finding my feet in faith I figured this would be the perfect time to challenge myself and strengthen my relationship with God. So this year I am giving up social media. That means no Facebook, no Twitter, no Instagram for 40 days and 40 nights. I don’t like the idea of giving up food or drink (messing with those is a sure fire way to relapse into unhealthy thought patterns) and quite frankly, I am addicted to my phone and I need to give my head a wobble and break out of the habit of picking up my phone every 3 seconds, checking FB, putting it down, then picking it back up!
I’m going to be downloading an app called AppBlock which can block selected apps for periods of time you choose to help me. You can even set a password to prevent you from uninstalling the AppBlock, which is something I’m going to get Daryl to do to help me.
I plan to use my time more wisely – I want to really get into studying my Bible (if you want to do this with me, let me know!!) I want to pray morning and evening (which is something I try to do daily, but sometimes I lapse), and I want to be more present when I’m with my friends and family instead of having my head stuck in my phone!
Another thing I would like to focus on during Lent is random acts of kindness. I’m always seeing Jesus in the little things – someone giving money to a homeless person, passing on bus tickets to people when you’ve finished using it – and I want to add my own little moments of joy to other people’s days if I can. There’s a lovely verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:
I already try to be kind in a world that is often the total opposite, so I’m going to keep pushing those good vibes as much as I can. I’m excited to see how I get on! And in the meantime, how about some pancakes?
Are you giving up anything for Lent this year? Let me know in the comments!