But I think this it also has something to do with growing up. The thought of giving something up for Lent is just right for children, I think, because it gets the idea across that Lent is a time of self-denial. I'm not sure the little ones understand that it's also a time of self-revision.
Lent is the perfect time to think about ourselves objectively and work on those imperfections we find. The older I get the more I think about the Lenten season as a time for self-reflection and revision. There is the thought of "What do I need to do to become more Christ-like in my life?"
Therefore, my Lenten resolutions this year are:
- work on giving up the casual swearing, which has gotten much worse since I started working as a dispatcher.
- become less judgmental of people in general
- try to eliminate some of the parts of my sense of humor which are particularly mean
- stop gossiping