These ideas were listed off at TYM on Feb 3rd in preparation for Lent.
(We will be attending the Ash Wednesday service at 7pm next Wednesday, Feb 10th.)
What will you choose to give up/add on to bring you closer to Christ this Lent?
To give up:
Being a backseat driver.
Listening to music in the car.
Texting and driving.
Using emojis to avoid talking about your true feelings.
Talking about true feelings through text instead of in person.
Rolling your eyes at your parents.
Spitting out your gum on the street, parking lot, sidewalk.
Wishing for someone else’s life, relationship, or possessions.
Only talking to Jesus when you need something.
Only talking to Jesus when you “feel” like it.
Wearing clothes that are too tight and draw attention only to your body.
Pride. Instead pray the Litany of Humility every day.
Being selfish. Give away something every single day, be it time, money, or something you own.
Greed. Don’t buy anything besides the essentials during Lent. Food. Lent Companion. Transportation costs. Allergy medicine. Bare minimums!
Laziness. Give up TV and commit to going to a walk every day and praying the rosary.
Gossip. Write 40 affirmation notes (or a note every time you slip up and gossip).
Saying “God” or “Jesus” outside of a prayer, memorize Ephesians 4:29 and repeat it on the hour, every hour during the day.
If you lie, get up. Walking is cool.
If you’re angry, take up kickboxing.
If you’re complacent, take up Zumba.
If you’re addicted to porn, sign up for CovenantEyes.com.
If you occasionally look at porn, sign up for CovenantEyes.com.
If you’re an emotional eater, keep a food/feelings journal and find your triggers.
If you’re wasteful, volunteer once a week at a soup kitchen.
If you don’t trust God, pray the Chaplet of Divine Mercy every day.
If you’re judgemental, pray for every person you see.
If you’re vain, give up makeup or your mirror.
If you have no idea what sins you struggle with, do an examination of conscience every night.
Listen to Fr. Mike’s podcasts. He’s cool and humble about being cool.
Give up tanning.
Forgetting to water your plants.
Forgetting to wear pants.
Fake cleaning your room.
Using the word “can’t.”
Using the word “bae.”
Using words that don’t glorify God.
Do back to back to back novenas.
Eating animal products.
Talking about your special diet to get attention.
Texting the opposite sex to get attention.
Sending snapchats of strangers.
Sending snapchats to strangers.
Not smiling at strangers.
PIZZA ROLLS. Sorry Tostinos.
Not apologizing when you should because it’s hard to admit you’re wrong.
Not going to Confession because it’s scary.
Not dancing out of the Confessional with the joy of a innocent newborn!
Getting your nails done.
Making excuses to not go to daily Mass.
Thinking about food all during daily Mass.
Eating donuts as a reward after daily Mass.
Sugar and/or creamer in your coffee.
Drinking more than 1 cup of coffee.
Buying spiritual books and not reading them.
Buying into the idea that RELATIONSHIP GOALS should be like movies and Tumblr pictures.
Not reading the lives of the saints because they “might” be boring.
Not asking your favorite saints to intercede for you.
Taking off your saint medals, saint bracelets, scapular…etc. Leave it on bruh.
Leaving Facebook and/or Twitter open while you’re doing homework.
Checking your phone every 2 minutes. (LOL. You know it’s 30 seconds.)
Opening the fridge just to look at the same stuff that’s been there all day.
Telling yourself you’re fat.
And stupid. And anything less than the truth that you’re an amazing beloved child of God.
Leaving lights on.
Hiding your light under a bushel basket.
Not instagraming the shizam out of your bushel basket because it’s rare to have one.
Pulling the victim card when things go wrong.
Being embarrassed when you need help from a therapist in order to live a happy, full life.
Not going to counseling or therapy because you think it means you’re weak. (Newsflash, it means you’re the opposite — Hulk.)
Pretending you don’t have time to go to Adoration.
Pretending you don’t have time to pray at home.
Staying closed off to the glory of God’s presence around you all day ‘ery day.
Refusing to recognize God in your neighbor.
And God in your family. Even the most annoying members. God loves them. How will you?
Hiding your faith from those around you. It’s Lent. Share what God is doing in your life these 40 days. #Lent
To start doing in it’s place:
Park at the very back of the parking lot
Put a popcorn kernel in your shoe every day
Don’t use your apps
Get to know your neighbors
Pray the “Hail Mary” and do an ab crunch for every single word
Stop complaining and/or being negative
Give up texting and call whomever you need to talk to
Give away 10 shirts, 2 pairs of pants, and a pair of shoes
When you wake up, jump out of bed, kiss the floor, and learn humility
Wear the same 4 outfits for all of lent
Everyday do 20 (or 100) pushups and offer it up for someone who’s sick
Leave a post-it with a positive message on it wherever you go
Cut out all screen-time (phone, TV, computer) after dinner
Use your weekends to babysit for free
Send a different person an affirmation email every day of Lent
Don’t straighten or curl your hair
Sit and stand up straight – don’t slouch!
Every day take a picture of something or someone you’re grateful for and hang the pictures in your room
Text a different person every day for the 40 days. Affirm them, tell them how they make your world a better place, and ask how you can pray for them. Then, actually pray for them.
Set an alarm on your phone every day reminding you to pray. At that time, stop whatever you’re doing and pray.
Read Scripture every day, and then post on Facebook daily about what stood out to you from that scripture. This will be a sacrifice especially since a lot of our Facebook friends may not know about our faith.
Use the iBreviary or any other app to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. This will help you stay unified with God AND the rest of the Church throughout the day. Talk about staying connected.
Set three different timers, spaced evenly throughout the day. At each one, stop and reflect on your day since the last timer and all that has happened. Try to see God in each moment, be mindful of His presence along the way, and thank Him.