40 day No TV / No Snack Lent Commitment
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
I have not traditionally been one who has "given up" something for Lent. Growing up, this was something I was told to do, so I would give up something that was easy for me to do so it wouldn't be too uncomfortable and still satisfy some unwritten rule for self sacrifice. The other night, I listened to a Lysa Terkeurst webcast entitled "How big is your But?" - great title, LOL! The focus is on excuses we tend to make for ourselves on why we can't do things - such as "I want to exercise, but I am too tired after work, etc." Lysa contended that we need to shift focus to But God....and allow Him to help us overcome what is holding us back and get beyond the "but I..." I was pretty convicted after listening to her and know that I haven't really pushed myself to the point of discomfort where I need to allow Him to fill a void that I purposely created.
So here I am a couple of days later...I got up this morning for my normal 4:30 am walk and strength training (hoo ya). As I'm walking, I thought back to Lysa's talk and started getting this nagging tug in my mind that I need to give up something that I really don't want to - TV! TV - really God? I kept trying to talk myself out of it, thinking God could really care less if I watch TV after work or not. I started compromising - well maybe if I give up something else, that would be ok. So I offered up snacks. I've gotten into a habit of snacking a little more than usual - I still have my planned 5x day eating patterns, but found myself checking out the pantry more than I should on top of that. So here it is God, snacks - will that work? Ok, here's the tug - Yep, snacks will work...in addition to the TV. I could NOT shake this out of me and tried for 6.68 miles in the cold morning air! So I get home, and my usual routine would be to turn on Sports Center and watch highlights while I hit the Total Gym. Not today...instead I tuned into a local Christian radio station while I worked out. Guess what the topic of chat was during one of the music breaks? The DJ talked about how her family is giving up TV during weeknights during Lent! I had just finished explaining to my husband why he was not able to see the Top 10 plays this morning when that came on. He laughed and said that he thought the challenge was cool and he would support me on it. He even started suggesting things we could do together in the evenings instead of watching mindless TV. When he came home from work today, he started working out on the Total Gym - a first for him! Ok, so I'm thinking this will not be easy...but I am looking forward to what God will teach me during this time. I plan on using this extra time to read some books I've wanted to for a while, learn to play Cribbage (have always wanted to learn), help my husband learn all the different exercises on the TG he can do, and just keep open to other options God lays on my heart. I'm not a blogger, never have been...but I want to track this journey. Have you ever had the Spirit tug at you so hard that you knew you could not say no (although you really tried hard to justify why not)? I'm going to say Yes in a leap of faith and seek to understand what I am supposed to learn from this!