Well, I had never even heard of Lent until high school and at that point I just thought it was dumb and unnecessary. At this point in my life though, it seems like a really great, honorable idea and I am just really bad at most great, honorable things.
For the past few years, I've thought of a few things that I could give up for Lent and just never stuck with them. My college roommate gave up shaving her legs for Lent our sophomore year. I think I could probably do that one too, but just haven't quite committed. This year, I considered giving up candy, but then I saw those black jelly beans for a buck a bag. And I ate two bags. I never struggle with craving candy like I do during the Easter season. When I see those Starburst jelly beans or Cadbury mini-eggs or Robin Eggs or Jolly Rancher jelly beans or black jelly beans there is this internal panic that goes off inside of me shouting, "BUT THOSE WILL ONLY BE AROUND UNTIL EASTER! YOU BETTER EAT EM' NOW!"...While everyone else is living a season of self-control and sacrifice, I live in a season of chocolate indulgence and jelly bean gluttony.
So, now that the Easter candy is overflowing in the Brem household and Lent is over, I feel challenged to begin my own personal non-Lent, Lent. Besides candy, anybody have any ideas? I'd love to earn back a little self-respect in the discipline category. That left when I purchased the bag Starburst Sour jelly beans - which were disappointingly not sour. 40 days begins today!
*If anyone wants to know what happens to your body after eating an entire bag of black jelly beans, I'd love to share...privately. :-)