We all know how hard it can be to give things up even if its just for the 40 days of Lent. I have already committed to giving up alcohol for a longer period (90 days of sober) so I don't really want to lose anything else! Instead I have signed up to 40 Acts campaign for 2015:
Instead of giving things up I will be encouraging my children to think of others whilst leading by example. None of this should cost us a lot of money but it will be good for all of us to be less self-centred. We have started by creating a generosity jar to collect our loose change in:
This is of course a Christian initiative so for those of faith their are bible readings and prayers to accompany the 40 days. If you just want to be charitable then please feel free to join in without these parts:
John 2:1–11 (NIV)
On the third day a wedding took place at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, and Jesus and his disciples
had also been invited to the wedding.
When the wine was gone, Jesus’ mother said to him, “They have no more wine.”
“Woman, why do you involve me?” Jesus replied. “My hour has not yet come.”
His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
Nearby stood six stone water jars, the kind used by the Jews for ceremonial washing, each holding from twenty
to thirty gallons.
Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.”
They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine. He did not realise
where it had come from, though the servants who had drawn the water knew. Then he called the bridegroom
aside and said, “Everyone brings out the choice wine first and then the cheaper wine after the guests have had
too much to drink; but you have saved the best till now.”
What Jesus did here in Cana of Galilee was the first of the signs through which he revealed his glory; and his
disciples believed in him.