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by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on March 20, 2011

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For anyone who might doubt the power of advertising, stop right now, because tonight’s dinner was a textbook example of how effective it can be.

Sara and I were sitting around watching March Madness (and Duke just barely pull out a win!), when a Jet’s Pizza commercial came on.  I really had no intention of having pizza for dinner, but all of a sudden we both realized that “hey, I could go for pizza”.  Within minutes, we had an order placed for pickup.

Between the two of us, we dominated a large cheese pizza.

I headed to church tonight for the final youth ministry training of the year – we have a few training sessions each year for all the leaders involved in the 5th – 12th grade programs.  It’s so crazy that it’s already the last one of this school year!  We only have a couple months left before we wrap up for the summer!!  How crazy is that?

When we broke out into our family groups for discussion (my “family” is all the leaders for the freshman class).  I had a piece of chocolate cake.  (I also bought the Hipstamatic app for my new iPhone – I used it for this picture. I’m going to be obsessively in love with this app for the near future.)

I know, I gave up sweets for Lent, right?  Well, here’s the thing.  As much I said that it was about it being a sacrifice, which don’t get me wrong – it is, I realized that deep down, it wasn’t about the sacrifice or about growing closer to God.

Deep down, giving up sweets for Lent was really an attempt to lose a little more weight.  That’s not what Lent should be about.  It’s not what I want it to be about.  Ash Wednesday was a week and a half ago, and do you know how many times I’ve picked up my Bible in that time?  Zero.  So, in this season that should be about growing in my faith, I’m not even touching the Bible but giving up cake and dessert is going to help me?  There was something deeply backwards in that.

So, starting today, I’m switching it up.  I’m going to make the effort of this season about what it’s truly meant to be.  I’m going to get into the Bible, spend more time in prayer, and really make a concerted effort to grow in my faith.

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Krista @ Journey to a Healthy Berg March 21, 2011 at 10:18 am

I was going to give up nut butters for Lent, but then stopped for the same reasons that you are. I am also not a super religious person and felt like I was “giving something up” just because other people were. I have a lot of respect for the holiday and others who understand the true meaning of what the season is about and who use it to get closer to God. Good luck with everything!

(I am, however, still limiting my peanut butter consumption to once per week for weight loss purposes. I have no self control! haha)
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Jenny March 21, 2011 at 10:57 am

I totally agree! People turn lent into “lose weight” or feel better kinda things, when in’s not about them! I like this:)


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