It seems that choices fall into three categories:
- Choices that are healthy and helpful
- Choices that are harmful
- Choices that appear perfectly neutral
How many times have you said, “I’ll just do this–won’t hurt”?
Lent is approaching. And Lent always faces me with a question to fast or not. And if I fast, what will I fast? And why will I fast that particular thing?
I’m toying with approaching Lent head on with this question:
Is it possible to make choices based on option 1 only? In other words, if it’s not helpful, then it’s harmful, even if it seems neutral.
For 40 days, is it possible to focus on decisions that only build up.
- Is it possible to abstain from caffeine and alcohol and simple sugar?
- Is it possible to forgo much of the TV that I watch?
- Is it possible to turn my phone completely off or avoid distraction with social media or, heaven forbid, Temple Run?
- Is it possible to focus on exercise in the morning?
- Is it possible to be diligent in quiet and devotional time?
- Can I even be generous with my time and money?
- Can I work hard with my mind and my hands?
- Can I read with my children and play games and other more productive, non-screen related fun.
That’s where I am.
More to report later.