I’ll be honest, as a Southern Baptist, Lent was never really observed in my home. I knew what it meant to Catholics as my grandmother practiced it religiously (pun intended!). I knew that it was the 40 day countdown until Easter. I knew what it was, but didn’t observe it. Over the last few years though, I have taken a different approach to lent. Rather than use these 40 days to partake in a penance of sorts, I’ve decided to approach these next 40 days different than I have in the past.
Before I continue on, let me share the following excerpt from a Baptist minister’s blog found here. I agree with wholeheartedly with these words:
For Baptists, Lent is a choice not an obligation. Freedom in Christ means we are free to choose to observe Lent or not. Observing Lent puts us in sync with the broader Christian community. Also, we cannot fully appreciate Jesus’ resurrection without spending time reflecting on his sufferings. We live in a privileged society where hardly anyone suffers for being a Christian. A little self-imposed hardship during Lent builds spiritual character and can deepen our understanding of our faith. (Read more here.)
On my own accord, along with Matthew, this year for Lent we will be participating in Save A Drink. Save A Life. This campaign centered around Lent is a part of the Blood:Water organization. Here is the Blood:Water mission statement:
We are a community, motivated by the love of Christ, to create lasting change in Africa. We give our lives to serve local leaders and join them in the fight to end the HIV/AIDS and water crises.
We will be giving up our favorite drinks over the next 40 days to donate that money to three villages in southern Rwanda in hopes of giving 2,000 individuals better access to fresh water. Take a minute to learn more by watching the following video.
With Lent just a couple of hours away, I’m getting in my final hot chocolate and sweet tea. It will be a challenging 40 days, but with God we know we can not only grow closer to Him by realizing how abundantly He has blessed us with water – as well as so much more – but by also giving back to his children on another continent.
If you would like to donate to this cause, please visit our page. If you would like to join our team, feel free to do so, as well!
“Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’” John 4:13-14