Don't Give Something Up For Lent, Push Yourself Forward Instead

Don't Give Something Up For Lent, Push Yourself Forward Instead

I'm going to discuss faith one-on-one with somebody every day, even if it gets uncomfortable.

Each year when Lent rolls around, all Catholics worldwide experience the ultimate dilemma: What do I give up?

Most people give up sweets, some people give up social media. The bravest souls give up coffee. I typically give up chocolate or orange juice (my two food obsessions). I once knew a vegetarian who "gave up" meat. Clearly, the point of Lent fasting was lost on her.

But, maybe it's lost on all of us. It's not about giving something up, counting down the 40 days, and then feeling a huge sense of "thank God I can eat cake again," or "I can finally post on Instagram!"

The point of Lent is getting out of our comfort zones for 40 days in an effort to grow closer to God and understand the hardships Jesus went through.

This year, I've decided that instead of giving something up, I want to push myself forward. Instead of checking off days till I can finally eat my favorite food again, I want to actually experience God's work during Lent. So, instead of giving up an item, I'm going to give up time - specifically, about a half an hour a day to grab coffee, food, or just sit and talk one-on-one with somebody new each day about our faith.

I'm a pretty shy person, and I hate being vulnerable, so this will be tough for me, but I also know that talking about faith with others is important. Proverbs 27:17 says just as iron sharpens iron, a friend sharpens another. When we talk about faith with each other, we push each other closer to God and help open each other's eyes to the works God is doing in our lives that we previously didn't see.

Talking about faith with others means taking a huge leap out of my comfort zone, because it means opening up about things I find hard to discuss in person. It also means I'll have to do things like actually ask people I don't know so well to get together with me. Social interaction?! Yikes. But isn't that the point of Lent? Experiencing the same discomfort Jesus did in order to save us so we can know him better?

I don't know how or where I'll find people to get together with (if you're reading this, want to grab Starbucks?), but I know that by seeking out people and sharing things that make me uncomfortable, I'll be actually reaping the benefits of Lent, and that's what matters.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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The Notre Dame Cathedral–Such A Loss Of History And Beauty, But What A Gift It Was To Experience It

Reid shares her story as she is saddened for Paris and the church.


After the massive fire that devastated large parts of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, the 850-year-old cathedral's spire fell. French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation to share in the nation's sorrow but gave hope for the future. This includes the rebuilding of the cathedral together and making it more beautiful than ever. "The fire of Notre Dame reminds us that our story never ends. And that we will always have challenges to overcome. What we believe to be indestructible can also be touched," Macron said.

Tyler Reid

Among many others, Tyler Reid is saddened for Paris and the church. Although, she counts herself blessed to have seen it such a short time before it was destroyed. Reid, who was lucky enough to visit the amazing structure this past spring break, remarked:

My trip was filled with so many wonderful sites. Although, because Notre Dame carries the title of most-visited monument in Europe, my expectations were high. When I first walked up, there isn't one specific feeling I got; instead, it was more of a million thoughts running though my head. Once inside, looking at the massive stained glass windows combined with all the details in every crevice, it was hard for me to imagine people actually building this without the technology we have today. This hand crafted masterpiece really is so influential considering people still went there to worship, even after so much time has past and so many other cathedrals had been built. This proves how special the Notre Dame Cathedral really is. Due to my experience here, hearing about the fire hurt my heart, especially thinking about how some of the irreplaceable artworks and all of this history may be gone. This place truly influenced people, including me, and for it to be gone is a true tragedy.

Like Macron, Reid shares in the sorrow; although, for her, it was just from one visit. This proves the amazing impact the Notre Dame Cathedral had and hopefully will continue to have even after this devastation.

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