Don't stop at "giving up" for Lent
By: Rick Hall
Coffee and chocolate. Fast food and Facebook. Alcohol and smoking. Sometimes the hardest part of giving up something is deciding what to give up.
Lent. It helps usher one into a season of prayer, penance, repentance of sins, atonement and self-denial. When you love something, it’s a personal sacrifice to abstain from it for Lent. But giving something up for Lent mostly only affects the life of the person who has decided to participate.
Bill Ross created the Lenten Positive Challenge with a desire to encourage people in his church to think bigger during this season of Lent. His website, Lenten Positive Acts encourages visitors to perform a positive act of kindness during the 47 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday. When all is said and done, participants will have performed a total of 194 positive acts toward others.
This adds up quickly…and accordingly to Bill’s math, if 1% of the approximately 236 million Christians in the US participated, it would yield 458 million positive acts.