Now before someone says “Lent is 40 days”–I know. You should stop pointing out obvious flaws for 50 days!
But the idea here is what do we have to do to grow into people who are living at a more passionate, deeper level than before. Instead we make lent into this dirge where we’re horrible and therefore we have to “give up” something for Lent.
Well, what about “giving back” for Lent? Or “giving to” a new venture that makes us a better person?
My friend John is a self-described “fat guy”. I’m tempted to say “not anymore.” Dude is running the NYC Marathon. After doing a couple of 10ks he decided to apply for a number and thought he’d never get one. But surprise, surprise…there came the number and now he had a choice and he chose to start training and run in the marathon. I believe he’s up to running 17 miles. Amazing at 42 years old and to be living in a new way.
For me, it’s the crossfit workouts I’ve been doing in the morning, now 3 days a week for almost a month. I’ve changed my diet, fallen off the wagon once and got right back on. It’s amazing how lousy one feels after eating crap when you compare it to eating well.
So our challenge for this month of October is to think about trying something new for 30 days. Take a video of yourself and send me the link and I’ll post it here. And I’ll do the same here and there with my workouts along the way. We’ll move into this new way of living together and maybe when Lent rolls around we’ll have a better idea of something that we can do throughout those 40 days that will lead us into the new and resurrected life of Easter.