So, it’s Fat Tuesday. Lent is right around the corner and many people are on social media talking about what they are going to give up for Lent. Some of you may not understand the purpose of giving up something, ‘For Lent’. While there are many different ‘beliefs’ behind the Religious and Dogmatic essence of what Lent, and it’s physical precursor Mardi Gras, is all about, one thing is generally considered true, most people miss the point. In my own words, I’d suggest that the Christian faith allows us to take a time to consider the trials and temptation of Jesus, and the sacrifice he made as the atonement of mankind’s sin. Deviations from the spiritual concepts of Lent are clearly represented in the festivities of Mardi Gras, closing with Fat Tuesday – a specific example of the gluttony of human wastefulness. For those that are come from a different culture, Lent started as a Christian memorial that generally covers 40 days (to represent the temptation of Jesus by Satin fora period of 40 days in the desert) and concludes with the celebration of Easter Sunday ( the resurrection of Jesus from the dead). Many of the days themselves have been given semblances of historical value and others contain aspects of their historical value that has now been lost on the modern world. For example, Fat Tuesday was a final day of gluttony and ‘fattening up’ because in the tradition of Lent, people would fast for 40 days and would need the extra fat in their systems to help them survive.
Regardless of your personal spiritual beliefs, you are probably aware of the concept of giving something up as a way to become more aware of your personal habits. Every New Years we often make a commitment that we are going to do things differently. Those who have a personal drive or spiritual commitment to making this kind of change are generally those who have the successes we all can admire. They also have an accountability base to promote their own success. This is why these things work, accountability. I think for those that practice the giving up something , or fasting, for Lent the accountability is often more on a personal spiritual basis; with the support of family and friends as encouragement when times get tough. Today I want to be your encourager. Do you remember the first challenge I asked you to consider? Yes, the one with two separate garbage cans one for recyclable materials and the other for trash… how’s that going?
What about Lent? What will you be giving up? Besides turning away from processed foods, I myself am going to attempt to give up 50% of the single use plastic I currently use. By cutting out any plastic bottled beverage of any kind, and focusing my diet on whole, fresh fruits and vegetables (known as a Daniel fast). I hope to allow two paths of my spiritual walk to combine.
Will you join me to ‘Cut The Plastic’ over Lent?’ I look forward to the conversation in the comments section!