A few weeks ago when Daughter # 4 started talking about what to give up for Lent, I felt uneasy... I finally decided to give up coffee. Of course, I've given it up so many times already that it hardly counts anymore!
The more I thought about it the more I felt that I wanted to do something more positive. So I made a commitment to do something (everyday) which for me is a sacrifice but which is really a positive (I hope) thing.
A new tradition? For me, perhaps. But apparently I didn't invent this one either:
Lent does not always involve sacrifice, but rather an offering. For some Christians, giving time to tutor, devoting more time to someone, or working for a non-profit organization is more of a sacrifice than sacrificing food, sex, or a common luxury.