To those in the south, last night was the last night of Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras is French for Fat Tuesday. Last night wasn’t just any Tuesday. It was Fat Tuesday.
The period between Epiphany and Fat Tuesday is known as Carnival. Carnival celebrations are filled with costumes and beads and eating and drinking and beads and parties and parades. And more beads.
This particular Tuesday and Wednesday duo are polar opposites. Like night and day.
(Fat)Tuesday is the last hurrah reflecting the practice of eating and drinking richer, fatty foods and drinks before the ritual fasting of the Lenten season. It’s purpose is to promote the total lack of self discipline.
Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.
(Ash) Wednesday begins the period of 40 days (not counting Sundays) that precedes the celebration of Easter. It’s about fasting, prayer, confession, and repenting. It’s sole or sou,l I should say, 🙂 purpose is to promote total self-discipline. Giving up your desires and instead focusing on God.
What are you giving up this year for lent?
As for me, I’m going to give up clutter. I’m going to declutter one item a day for Lent. In my home. My garage. And in my personal life.
I encourage each of you to think about what you might need to give up this year.
Is it something you love that you are willing to sacrifice for 40 days?
Like your Starbucks visits? Or chocolate?
Or is it a bad habit you want to break?
Like procrastination. Or no exercise routine. Or an unkind tone. Or an unhealthy relationship.
Or maybe you would rather give up something that demands your time like TV or social media for a bit. Spend that time in real communication with others face to face instead.
Find whatever works for you to bring you nearer to God whether it’s the loss or the gaining of something. For 40 days. Just like Fat Tuesday always ushers in Lent, I can promise you a time spent with God will always usher in a time spent in eternity.
Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy
Love and laughter,