Unfortunately this post is hitting an untimely sore spot as I’ve just had one person give me the “stop being a wuss and make a REAL sacrifice” stink-eye when the topic of Lenten sacrifices came up. But what I pledged to do turned out to have another layer to it that I didn’t realize at the time I committed to it. Now this could be the most spiritually enriching Lent I’ve had ever (as opposed to being difficult). I’ll probably be repeating this “wussy sacrifice” for years to come.
Very few things are like being nailed to a cross. From my chair, giving up chocolate or TV seem far more cliche than giving up Facebook. But I don’t eat much chocolate and we don’t have TV. That doesn’t make it any less of a thorn for the other guy who enjoys staying up to date with his/her favorite shows. Giving up diet coke? I don’t care what anyone says. That is on the same level as sleeping on the floor every night with some self-flagellation for good measure.
I suppose the real question is “Yes, but what are they doing with the time they aren’t spending on facebook? Are they praying more?”. Well…all I can say is that a lot of people take many years to figure out that Lent is more than giving up something. It took me almost two decades to figure it out. But I also know that while giving up something alone is not the ultimate in fulfillment, it certainly isn’t wrong.
Who are you to judge, Willy Wonka?
You shall apologize forthwith…
From those Oompa Loompa dudes…
And bring some candy.
Plus, it’s very big news. I saw this headline on Drudge (which has all the big news):
“Woman gives up facebook for Lent”
Maybe I should give up “The Crescat”. Now that’s a sacrifice.
I would just like to say I gave up facebook for Lent and it is a big sacrifice. I never knew how much I relied on it to be friends with people and how much time I actually wasted on it in a day. It is a lot to give up, cold turkey. That being said, I am trying to build true relationships offline and figuring out who actually wants to be in my life.
Seriously…? You’re really serious, aren’t you?? I think you need to give crucifixion a shot and then rethink this post.
Yes, I am serious. And please don’t pretend to know anything about my relationship with God.