(I’ve been meaning to write this post since Ash Wednesday last week, but the time just got away from me).
In thinking about my Lenten sacrifice this year, I decided that rather than giving something up, I’m going to do something. As my mom put it, “adults don’t give things up, children do.” And since I feel like my diet and exercise are already on point, and I don’t have many other things I’m willing to forgo for 40 days, doing something positive that would impact someone else’s life seemed like a much better option.
So this year, I’m giving of myself – donating clothes and volunteering. Each week I’m going to give back in some way:
- Last week: I barely conceived of this idea.
- This week: Going through my closet and donating all of the clothes that have gotten too big. I already have 4 trash bags full, but I know there will be several more.
- 3/16: 3 hours volunteering at a county park lake cleanup
- 3/22: 6 hours volunteering with alumnae from my high school at Sacred Heart Community Service
- 3/26: 2 hours volunteering doing food sorting at the warehouse of Second Harvest Food Bank
- 3/29: 4 hours volunteering at Furry Friends dog adoption
- TBD: volunteering for a local Relay for Life chapter
- TBD: volunteering at a local small garden
- Donating a baby blanket that I crochet to the Linus Project
My goal is to do at least 20 hours of volunteer work during the season of Lent, and I think I’ll more than cover that with these things.
Do you do a Lenten sacrifice? If so, what’s yours for this year?