I'm not Catholic. I was baptized Lutheran, raised Pentecostal and now I'm just a girl that believes in God and prays a lot.
Every year when Ash Wednesday comes around I get jealous of the people that are giving things up. I know, that sounds ridiculous doesn't it? I just realized how silly it sounded when I typed it. It's true! I love Jesus and I want to be more like him. He gave up everything for me!
A few of my friends were talking about what they were giving up- Jessica is giving up facebook, Laura is giving up soda. Those are both hard but I knew exactly what I was going to give up.
For Lent, I am giving up complaining about people and rolling my eyes at their life choices.
Yesterday, was the hardest day of my life! I came out of the grocery store to find a cart up against my bumper. I exclaimed loudly, 'Dang it, who put this cart on my car?' That's when I heard a voice say, 'Oh...is that your car?' I turned to see who was asking me this ridiculous question and discovered a little white haired lady. I replied, 'Yes it is, is that YOUR cart!' She didn't answer and just started getting into her car. I was about to yell at her when I remembered that I was trying to be a kinder, gentler Connie and instead of yelling, 'THIS IS WHY I CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS!' I said, 'Well....BLESS.YOUR.HEART!'
And then I put her cart away, shaking my head all the way to the cart return. Because I DID NOT give up shaking my head.
Several more things happened through the day that I wanted to roll my eyes at but I didn't. I just kept saying....bless your heart.
Only 39 more days to go.