So, it’s been a week since the beginning of Lent, and while I haven’t been perfect at keeping my goals, I have to say I can count the times I’ve cussed since the beginning of Lent on one hand, and that makes me happy because I can usually count it on one or maybe two hands for a day. I think this whole idea of being intentional is great for me, and so far Lent has been a great time of repentance and self-reflection. I’ve been analyzing whether how I live is glorifying to God, and if not, where changes need to be made. I’m certainly not perfect and I’ve certainly messed up, but I am beginning to wonder if I will be able to give up cussing for Lent, as in, by the time Resurrection Sunday rolls around.
So far God has shown me how much I overindulge in certain things, especially food like a candy bar that I might like. I decided as a result of this to not eat my favorite candy bar at least for the rest of Lent, maybe longer. The thing is that if I don’t eat my favorite candy bar, I still have the option of having candy, but I probably won’t eat a lot of it because if I’m not eating my favorite I’m often not interested. Another reason for doing this maybe permanently is because slave labor is used to make most chocolate and I don’t want to be contributing to that in any way. I know that it isn’t really going to make much of a difference, because everyone else is still buying and consuming that candy bar, but I am making an intentional choice to try to be true to my principles.
Overindulgence is a big thing for me, probably the main reason why I feel the need to attend 12-Step recovery meetings.
I’ve been doing a lot of reading as part of my participation in Lent. I already know that next year I want to have a focused reading list prepared before Lent.