What to give up this year?

Here we are again, about to enter the Penitential season of Lent 2018. My journey of faith was well underway, yet in its infancy, back in 2006 when I quit smoking “for Lent”. As I had not really pondered what I might do to become a better Christian, and be default a better human, this year my decision just fell in my lap so to speak. A deacon friend of mine posted on social media lamenting how we tear ourselves to pieces because of political views. What was my response? It was this:

“With the breviary readings lately for daytime focusing on forgiveness and mutual respect and love for each other, I have resolved to make this a priority as well. I will give up all bitterness & contentiousness for Lent. Please pray for me, as I pray for you, and may this become like tobacco did in 2006 for me. I never picked them up again.”

Will you join me?