In fact, I'm not sure growing up it was even acknowledged, if it was I certainly missed it.
The first time I'd really heard of Ash Wednesday and Lent was when I worked at a Catholic preschool/after school care program and when the students came over after school, I asked what had happened to their foreheads.
(I wish I was kidding, but I'm not)
That was when Lent was explained to me.
LIKE THEY WERE TALKING TO A THREE YEAR OLD.
And who can blame them really, seriously I asked "do you know you have a little something on your forehead". . .I was young-I'm blaming my ignorance on that.
There still isn't a huge Baptist contingency when it comes to observing Lent, but over the last few years my church has really begun exploring this idea.
And with that, we have as a family as well.
Trying to explain Lent to my very Baptist children the other night. . .well, let's just say I knew how those kiddos felt who'd try to enlighten me all those years ago (grin).
During a traditional Lenten session a person would 'give something up'.
Chocolate, soda/sugar, facebook/social media, shopping and don't forget meat on Friday-fish fry anyone?!.
And when the desire for those things comes to you, you then use that time for prayer and reflection on Christ and His sacrifice for you.
It's actually quite lovely and worthy.
Like with most things those, our flesh can creep in as soon as we let our guard down, and it becomes about us and our pride about what 'we are giving up'.
Then the discouragement that comes when we fail.
Then the bitterness and 'why even try at all'.
And I could see that a bit in my kids, or the possibility of it for sure.
So, we have chosen as a family to approach Lent from perhaps a different way-maybe you'd like to join us.
We've chosen to cling to the promise of abundance in Jesus brings.
- I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.