Yummy! It’s pancake day, an excuse to make as many pancakes as we can fill our bellies with and more. However, we know that with Shrove Tuesday comes Ash Wednesday which marks the start of lent, where we try and give up something (usually chocolate) taking us up to Easter Sunday so that we have the excuse of rewarding ourselves with bundles of Easter egg’s, more than we can consume in one day. Now this is brilliant, of course it is, it’s chocolate all on one day! But should we really give up chocolate for lent?
We all know what lent is about, Jesus died on the cross for our sins and so we should give up something that forecasts a sin etc etc… yes we get that. And well, chocolate is not a sin, obviously, but greed is. The problem here though is; isn’t it greedy to shove our faces with chocolate the day after forty days of giving it up for the reason of giving up greed? I wonder if there are other things, deeper things that we can give up rather than chocolate or cake and sweets or even this that we can do. What about the other sins, and what about the other commandments. If we take out the religious context and you realise that these things are simple common decency, things that we should or should not do as human beings, like (obvious example) ‘thou shalt not kill’. I’m not a believer in the big man myself, but I am a believer in doing good, feeling good and loving well.
Why not instead of giving up chocolate, do we give up negative people and negative thoughts about others? Or do something good between now and Easter such as donating things we don’t need or want anymore to charities, volunteering or simply show someone an act of kindness everyday – smiling at someone or giving someone a compliment may be the smallest thing but can mean the biggest of things to some. And it’s really good karma – if you believe in it!
Plus this way we get to enjoy sweet stuff all through Easter!
The message of lent (in my view) is about doing something positive, feeling positive and feeding each other a positive vibe. Easter Sunday is about the reawakening of Christ, so don’t we reawaken some good wholesome energy in our lives, be selfless to ourselves (yes this is possible, by starving our own mind and body of positiveness) and others.
And not give up chocolate.