As I thought about what would be a meaningful thing to give up for Lent this year, there were several options that came to mind. Believe it or not, the one that seemed most meaningful and fairly life altering was to give up all form of chips: chips and salsa, nachos, potato chips, corn chips…you get the picture! Chips are on the consistent play list of foods I enjoy maybe a little too much!
In fact, when I told my teenage son I was giving up chips for Lent, he responded,“Dad, seriously, you’re giving up chips?! I bet chips are 10% of your body weight!” Yup, I eat a lot of chips! Unfortunately I didn’t lose 10% of my body weight during Lent because there are other calories beyond chips that play a significant role in my body weight as well:)
As I sit here today with the freedom once again to eat chips (My Lent journey ended last night) there are a few reflections I have on this journey:
1. No, I am not going out to binge on chips tonight and will not be found by wife in the closet with a bag of Doritos in the middle of the night! I will however enjoy some chips and appreciate them just a little more.
2. I missed eating them, but not as much as I thought. It’s such a good reminder that when you make a meaningful commitment and then stay focused, you can do hard things and they may not turn out to be as hard as you thought!
3. I probably won’t eat as many chips as I used to. The truth is, they really aren’t that good for me as a 46 year old man (especially in large quantities!) and I have kind of enjoyed the feeling of not being overstuffed with a high carb food!
4. When I don’t have them around, I don’t think about them much. Oh, there may be times when I want some but without access to them, the thought quickly goes away and I move on.
Overall, this was a great Lent journey for me! I gave up something meaningful, I was reminded of the power of a symbolic act to grow my spiritual life and I just may end up a little healthier in the process! Now, where is that salsa…