In a very “Year of the Lamb” fashion I’ve decided to take on Lent in a very different way this time around. Rather than simply giving up a luxury for a few weeks I am instead choosing to begin to make active moves towards living with less.* Basically, I’m striving towards a modern take on what Jesus told his first disciples:
“Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your belts—no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.”
So yeah, after years of dreaming of a lifestyle like this, I’m finally going all in.
I’ll be donating a good majority of my clothes, electronics, and other things that have been cluttering my life for too long. Who knows, maybe I’ll even finally downgrade away from my precious smartphone! I’m also going to be abstaining from buying anything (other than food) during this season. I’m sure after Lent I will have to make a purchase of some sort but even then I hope to do it out of need rather than want.
Prayers and good vibes are beyond needed because I know Jesus isn’t going to make this easy. Regardless, I’m stoked to see what these changes will do to my heart and life.
Happy Ash Wednesday, little flock!
*Be aware that I have nothing against the traditional approach to Lent but I’ve personally learned that giving up soda or Facebook for six weeks has never made me feel any closer to Christ.