So, I’ve given up blogging for the 40 days of Lent (Sundays excluded, of course). Kind of an odd thing for me to do, since the only way I know most of my 6 readers is through this online medium. But, as I mentioned in a previous posting, I made this decision so that I could focus my energies on the more important vocations of family and work. And though it has little to do with my Lenten discipline, yesterday my wife and I had a rare day together with our daughter, uninterrupted by either her work or mine (or blogging!). It was wonderful.
Yet during the first four days of my blogging fast I found that I was itching to run to the keyboard to type out some random thoughts, to expound on some event, issue or situation. Instead, at those moments I simply turned back to other, more important tasks related to my vocations as husband, father or salesman – or the daily crossword puzzle. Yes, one unintentional benefit of this Lenten discipline has been that my wife and I have returned to doing the crossword puzzle together each day.
We may begin our Lenten fasts with the best of intentions, seeking specific benefits. But, as I have learned only four days into my Lenten journey, the unintentional benefits are the best . . .
(I’ll be back next Sunday. Until then, have a blessed Lenten journey.)