Today is my double witching day so to speak. Not only am I fasting for Lent, but I'm also fasting in cooperation with my e5men.org commitment. Today, is going to be a very long day indeed. And it's worth every bit.
This morning I started fasting for Lent. It just so happens that I also started fasting for a commitment that I made for e5men.org. I'll let the URL speak for what the e5men stands for. I decided this season to take it a bit further.
I wanted an opportunity to sacrifice for my family and my God and by virtue of wrapping in Lent and the season I was struck with an idea. It just so happens I have four wonder women in my life -- one for each Wednesday of a given month. Couple that with the occasional fifth to account for my step-daughter I see every once in a while and it seemed like a really good idea. I'd fast every Wed. for each of them only partaking of bread and water.
Certainly not going to lie. This is already starting to suck. I'm a heavy coffee drinker and I'm really good at piecing throughout a day. Fasting on bread and water alone is going to be a huge task and sacrifice for me. I still liked the idea. It was simple in planning, could be a lifestyle change that is manageable AND it was a nice way of honoring the women most close to me right now. Certainly, I have a mom, sister, grandmothers, etc. I think given the level of sacrifice we can include them in as well. I just thought it was ironic how the number of Wednesdays in the month just so happened to line up with the number of lady's in the house. I love all the women in my life and would do anything to ensure their happiness and well-being.
I pray that you decide to make a life change rather than a fad change this Lenten season. Perhaps that extra $8 coffee would be better served donating to a food pantry or other charity? Take the opportunity this season to make a change that serves both your spirit, your family, your community, and your God. Sacrifice, true sacrifice is hard and should be. Make it and the reward will be great.