|This kid is Smiles-R-Us|
"I'm going to work on smiling."
He told me he doesn't do it enough (or at all), that it has to do with a lot of things, including mistrust, and he needs to work on it. I commended him. He actually inspired what will become one of my Lenten promises.
The other week, I wrote a post called Sexual Freedom which was about my answer to some hot topics about sexual temptation. I'm a big believer that for any sin, the best way to avoid it is not to concentrate on it, but to focus our lives on better things. Take pornography for example. I don't succeed at not looking at it by sitting at a computer each day and saying to myself, "I'm not going to look at porn, I'm not going to look at porn, I'm not going to look at porn." That may work for the Little Engine That Could, but I guarantee that won't work for most guys. The secret, I've found, again this could apply to any sin, is something my 'ol priest back at CUA Fr. Bob told me, "Fill your cup." Meaning, if I fill my cup with better things in my life to the point where I don't have room for anything else, I won't have have room for the crap life tempts me with.
|It's hard to think this guy was a|
So that's what I'm going to do for Lent. For the next 40 days, I'm going to focus on finding one thing or moment per day that brings me joy. To me, I feel the point of Lent is to humble ourselves, remind ourselves of Christ's sacrifice for us, and in return, better our own lives. That's why we make these promises or sacrifices. This time, instead of focusing on the sacrifice, I'm going to focus on the positive. Last November, I was inspired by Catholic Volunteer Network's conference on the importance of JOY in our lives, especially inspired by Fr. James Martin and his talk about how joy is at the core of our spiritual lives.
I'm going to take a picture of this thing that bring me joy each day for 40 days, and I'm going to put it on here on my blog, one day at a time. Each time I take that picture, I'm going to reflect on Jesus, his sacrifice, and thank Him. And I'm going to call this series, yep, you might guessed it...
Son's Side Up.