Giving and Giving Up

I think this Wordle of the most common things being given up for Lent (thanks to these guys’ research) is pretty accurate, wouldn’t you say?

Here’s my dilemma: none of the above mentioned items or habits (well, maybe procrastination) really help anyone but myself. While I do believe it is a time to cut down on things that have a negative impact in our lives, I also believe Lent is a time in which our sacrifices should help us draw closer to God (or for those who don’t believe, draw closer to the people around us).

I read something interesting here that made me think, and then rethink, and then think some more (I know, enough with all the thinking!). What it said was: …”that always involves giving up sin in some form. The goal is not just to abstain from sin for the duration of Lent but to root sin out of our lives forever.”

So I decided to get creative, and start thinking beyond the norms of sacrifice for Lent. Here’s what I came up with:


No, I don’t mean give up volunteering; I mean give up your time to help those in need. There are tons of NPOs that are looking for volunteers, not to mention shelters and soup kitchens everywhere that could use an extra set of hands whenever possible. Not your thing? Talk to your family, friends, neighbors, classmates, coworkers, and whoever else you may encounter on a regular basis. Find out if they have any projects they may need help with, and dedicate a portion of your schedule to helping them. For me, this is giving up the sin of selfishness.

Say No When You Really Want to Say Yes

I find its very easy to tell someone yes when they offer you an opportunity to get away from the work you have due the next day, and go out for a drink or two. But try, even if you don’t have work due the next day, to politely decline the invitation, no matter how good it may seem. Use that time to call a friend you’ve been meaning to catch up with, or pray, or get ahead in your work so that you can say yes the next time an opportunity comes up. Let’s try practicing self- discipline, and avoiding self- indulgence.

Say Yes When You Really Want To Say No

When you’ve got a million things that need to get done, and your mind is racing, and you just don’t think you can take on anything else, stop and help that person that’s asking you for a small favor. More often than not, it will only take a few minutes, and the other person will be incredibly grateful. The sin of busyness is tricky, considering the fact that deadlines do need to be met. However, breaks are healthy, and why not use one to help someone else?

These are just a few ideas to ponder over as we get started in the Lenten season. I know I’ll definitely be trying my best to engage in all three of these suggestions, starting with signing up to volunteer at The Mid-Ohio Foodbank. I hope you decide to do the same!

Or….better yet….what are some other suggestions you may have for giving up, or just giving, this Lent?

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Posted by on March 10, 2011 in Uncategorized


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Who am I?

So it’s my first blog post and I’ve got that uneasy feeling going on in the pits of my stomach, but I’m also extremely excited to start writing! Strange mix, but one that I would say most people end up experiencing at least once in their lives. Anyways, hi my name is Liz! I wasn’t quite sure how to really introduce myself, so I’m starting with the basics.

I was born and raised in Central New Jersey, and have recently made my way to the beautiful city of Columbus, Ohio. My family is amazing. Wearing proudly the title of middle child, I am one of six kids; three older brothers (a set of twins in the mix), a younger sister, and a younger brother. Although it gets a little crazy with all of us in a one- story ranch, I love each of them and wouldn’t trade them for anything in the world. My parents contribute too, every once in a while.¬† ;)

I am a student at Ohio Dominican University, majoring in Public Relations and minoring in Business. My career interests after graduation are towards the nonprofit, event planning, and agency fields. It may seem that the three don’t exactly have too much to do with one another, but my ultimate goal for the future does. My ideal¬† job is to do PR and social media consulting for nonprofit organizations. And the event planning part? Well events are how we all connect!

Aside from PR career aspirations, I have a passion for two other things: baking and learning about cultures through experiences with others. As someone who likes to stay busy, I can be found in the kitchen during the little downtime I have after school, work, and my internship. Sweets are my weakness ( and coffee!) and I find happiness in creating and decorating them. Different cultures are fascinating to me, but reading out of a history book is not. I love meeting new people from all areas of the world, and learn about their cultures through my relationships with them. Traditions, foods, languages, habitats; I love discovering more about all of it.

I think that gives you all at least a start to knowing who I am, and I’m sure the future posts will continue to reveal little bits and pieces.

Anything else you want to know?

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Posted by on February 20, 2011 in Uncategorized


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