Well for the first time in my life (I think), I’ve decided to give something up for Lent this year. And it’s alcohol.
Now I didn’t choose to give this up because it’s an issue in my life, which really seems to go against the point of giving up something for lent (if something is an issue in my life, I should give it up anyway). I chose alcohol because it is truly a luxury in my life, and something that I have often enough, that it is still a sacrifice (as opposed to my usual “giving up killing hookers”). I’m hoping that it’s something that I’ll be reminded of enough, and have a craving for enough, that I will be reminded of why I’m sacrificing it, because I want and need to focus on God more.
However, I’m also realizing that I know next to nothing about Lent. And since I don’t see Gayle on a regular basis anymore (that’s for Centrepointe folks), I feel like I should probably take this time to really learn about the traditions of Lent. So I plan on doing that as well (Wikipedia here I come).
I do fear that this might be more difficult than I initially thought, and when I had a really stressful work day a few days ago, I was reminded about just how much I love alcohol. And since I’m not smoking anymore either, I have no more vices to lean on when times get tough. I’m hoping to maybe develop healthy vices when getting stressed out, like running, playing music, praying, or being nice to people (is that a vice?). In other words, here’s hoping that “chocolate chip cookies” doesn’t become my new vice.
So wish me luck, and if you’d like to have a drink with me, please wait until Easter, and then we’re getting plastered!
(Sidenote: I just want to point out that I have one sentence where I make a “killing hookers” joke, followed immediately by a serious sentence about spirituality. What other web site offers that, I mean honestly.)