Wednesday, February 17, 2010

But I'm Not Catholic

Yesterday, we had a conversation at lunch with my co-workers regarding Lent, that some were not Catholic so they were not giving anything up. It is true I am not a practicing Catholic but I do like the idea of giving up something. I like to pick something in my life that I think I could do without, something that has been a struggle or that thing, that one thing I seem to be obsessed with, something that when you give it up, you are bettering yourself. You are suppose to then use your time to reflect and pray.

I challenged my husband as well to find something he wanted to give up until Easter, he felt like that was a very long time to say good bye to one of his weakness, soda, which he seems to drink the most of while on the job. Due to a recent book I went thru I decided to cut out all meats except chicken and as an extra little push nothing that has chocolate/coco. This will be interesting since I can drink soda in front of Troy and I am sure between now and Easter he will consume a taco or 2, starting tonight for dinner.

Maybe I should have given up some more like facebook or blogs but since a lot of my family and friends live out of town and these seem to be our main form of communication and updates I couldn't do it. Plus I can't miss out on pictures of my nephew or pregnancy pictures of my sister-in-law for over a month it would drive me crazy.

I love challenges, the only down side is we have a guest staying with us who I am not sure will share in the enthusiasm of the lack of soda and beef for dinner. I wonder if anyone else is giving up anything?


Kristen said...

Good luck with no chocolate. You're a better woman than me. And don't worry about your guest...maybe you should encourage him to give up soda.

Liz said...

I can't believe it's come to this- but I decided to give up fried foods this year. That's right- fried foods. Do you think I've been in the mid-west too long? I think that w/ all the traveling lately, french fries and chips have become a regular part of my week. Although there are other options on the menu, I find the salt and grease comforting during the stress. So no fried foods, the Lord is my comfort. I also usually pick something to take on. A daily date with the Lord and exercise is my goal. :-)

The Burgess family said...

I think it's cool that you participate in the give-something-up-during-lent thing. I think too many Christians throw out the baby with the bathwater when they say "but I'm not Catholic." there ARE some good things we could learn from such practices!

To answer your question though, no I'm not giving anything up this year. I should though. One of these years I would like to be more serious. I don't think I could live without chocolate or fried foods though ;)