Wanted to wish you all a Happy Easter and share some thoughts that have been floating around my mind these past couple of weeks. These past couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking about Lent and the sacrifices people make throughout the 40 days. I know people who gave up Facebook, chocolate, candy, Netflix, soda (me), and cussing. An interesting idea has been floating in my head and it was inspired by a conversation I was having with a friend of mine.
She was discussing her Pastor’s point of view about Lent and how many people nowadays don’t even make a sacrifice during Lent. Some aren’t informed, some forget, and some don’t care. Life is too hectic. It doesn’t matter, but what does matter (at least to me) is an idea that occurred to me while grocery shopping. (Confession: Most people get their greatest ideas while in the shower…I get them at the grocery store.)
I gave up soda for Lent this year, just like I did last year. I was really stunned last year that I was able to do it and I was really proud of myself by the time Easter rolled around. This year I decided that I would do the same because my soda drinking habits were getting a bit out of hand, and I knew it would be a bit difficult for me to adjust to just water, juice, and chocolate milk. I did it. I had my first sips of soda today. I was DYING for Coca-Cola. I just really missed it.
HOWEVER. I am not proud of myself this year because I feel that it’s silly to give up soda. People make different sacrifices because the word sacrifice and difficulties mean something different to each and everyone of us. Last year, I swore eating a burger with water was unacceptable. This year, it was easier for me. So it wasn’t really a sacrifice. I gave up soda and it benefitted me. I lost weight, my skin looks better and I feel better. Was it really a sacrifice if it benefitted me? I felt guilty about it, but I felt better once I realized the following.
Giving up materials or our favorite things for Lent can be difficult, but it doesn’t change the world if we stop posting quotes on Facebook. It doesn’t change the world if you don’t post on Instagram for 40 days. Roly didn’t use Social Media for 13 weeks while he was at Parris Island and the world kept going. Same goes for all the people in the military, but I digress.
What would really make the world change is if during Lent we spent more time being better human beings than bragging about how we gave up soda or social media, and not just during Lent… All the time! What does it matter that you gave up soda for 40 days if you’re still being a terrible human being towards other people? I’m not saying that I’m a terrible human being. I’m also not saying that your efforts during Lent aren’t valid, but true sacrifice is being patient with a person that doesn’t deserve patience.
True sacrifice is not harming someone that harms you. You just ask God to forgive them and guide you towards a peaceful state of mind in which you can move on.
I know my blog isn’t about religion, but it is about being human…being positive humans and I thought this was the perfect place to share my thoughts.
Don’t just be good to people during Lent. Be good to people all the time.
I hope your Easter Sunday was filled with love, family, friends, genuine love, genuine hugs, and Cadbury eggs.
God Bless & Be Happy!