Today starts the Christian season of Lent, and most folks would say, “Big Deal”. I view Lent as a time for growth both spiritually but also in day to day life. I have written many articles about Lent over the years, I even had a Lenten Money challenge. While Money and Lent can go hand in hand, there are other areas you can work on.
In my life, I am a bit of a pack rat, and I don’t throw out a lot of things, which creates clutter. Clutter can lead to hoarding, so this Lent season we will be attempting something new.
The 40 Bag Challenge
This is a great idea, and if this seems daunting, the Salvation Army has a derivation. The Salvation Army suggests fill a bag and donate it to them, as part of Lent (just 1 bag). Start there, see if you can do that.
Note also the challenge says a bag of any size. You can start with a grocery bag, you don’t need a garbage bag.
Money and Lent Ideas
Organize your money for Lent, remember it is only for 40 days. Some more ideas for Lent:
- Pay with cash for all 40 days. This might slow your spending habits.
- Organize and automate your bill paying, it may not be that hard to do.
- Pay off debt, cut down on entertainment expenses and use that money to start paying down debt.
- Eat a healthy diet for 40 days, cook your meals, after all fresh fruit and veggies are cheaper now. Exercise, just go for a 1 mile walk for 40 days, see how you feel?
Lent is not just a time to “give something up”, it is also a time to reflect and to grow.