I know that Lent is over and we can all breathe easier not having to follow our Lenten resolutions for another year. But how many of us try to live out those resolutions beyond the parameters of the Lenten season? I decided to try something very different this year for Lent. I had given up grocery shopping. For someone who went to the grocery store maybe 4-6 times a week, this was quite an adjustment. But the benefits far outweighed the sacrifice.
My intentions for this decision were twofold. First, I wanted to use up the stock-pile of canned and frozen foods that I have stashed away for any possible future emergency situation. But in the process of doing so, I wanted to become more in tune with the people around the world who don’t have the privilege or access to the convenience of readily available groceries.
My expectations were exceeded beyond those two goals by several other factors. I was challenged to create meals that I had never made before. I became quite a creative cook! And I also was able to apply the monetary savings toward other pressing issues.
As I have developed a deeper appreciation of God’s great abundance while gaining more empathy for the hungry, I never want to take food—and convenient access to it—for granted. This is one Lenten resolution that I’d like to continue for a very long time!
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