Today is FAT TUESDAY (or as the French say, Mardi Gras! See how to make a Mardi Gras King Cake HERE!) – and I have to be honest, I’ve actually been overindulging for the last week. First there was “Husky Saturday”, then there was “Chubby Sunday”, and yesterday was “Pleasantly Plump Monday”. Now that it’s Fat Tuesday, there is no holding back! I just ate two candy bars with my coffee! Yes I did! (They were Skinny Cow candybars, but still, not exactly a balanced breakfast)
The reason for all this binge-eating is this – it’s the last day before many Christians buckle down for 40 Days of preparing for Easter. Tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. For many, Lent means fasting, repenting, and practicing moderation and spiritual discipline. For Catholics, it also means abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays.
Fasting isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be scary. Christ spent 40 days in the desert, successfully resisting the devil’s temptation to power, glory and immense wealth – but we can do it in small ways. When choosing something to fast from (or at least be more moderate about) don’t limit yourself to just food, or drink or a bad habit you’ve been meaning to break anyway. Get creative – think about something that, while not bad in and of itself, would give you more time with your family and with God. For instance, limit your Facebook time or cut yourself off from the internet one day a week. But don’t stop there! Now use that time to get closer to God – replace Twitter with a good book or a Bible-Study you’ve been meaning to do. Carve out a little time to get in a quiet place and pray. It doesn’t have to be huge!
If you’ve never really observed Lent before, I encourage you to find out more about it and jump into it this year!
During the next 40 Days, I’ll also be sharing one new meatless recipe each week for those of you who are going meatless on Fridays (or anytime at all). If you have recipe suggestions, you know I would love to try them out!! Please send any suggestions you have to firstname.lastname@example.org – and girl, if you have pictures, please attach those babies – because I might rather use yours than my ugly photos
So I’m curious – do any of you observe Lent, or are planning to this year? I’d love to hear what you’re “giving up” if you feel comfortable sharing!