5. Shopping Corporate
It’s no secret that Target is essential. I get it--it’s an easy, one-stop place for so many things. But like our discussion of cars, shopping only at corporate retailers often disconnects us from our actual neighbors and those in our community who are passionate about what they do. Are there any local mom and pop restaurants nearby you could go to instead of frequenting a chain restaurant? Is there a local grocery store where you could buy produce? Or, even better, perhaps a farmer’s market where you can get to know the growers of the food you and your family will eat for dinner?
Most of the things I’ve listed above really have to do with connection vs. disconnection, intention vs. distraction. If you view the season of Lent as a gift to usher in new habits to your life that will increase joy, connection, thankfulness, and grace, the idea of giving something up can be turned on its head. And even if you do choose to fast from something more material, there are great ways to make it more about drawing nearer to God and those he has created in his image. For example, you could use the money you would have spent on a latte to donate to a charity or whenever you’re tempted to eat that piece of chocolate, let it be a prompt to pray for someone specific.
What do you plan to give up during this season of Lent? Ask God to let it be a way for you to draw nearer to him.
Veronica Neffinger wrote her first poem at age seven and went on to study English in college, focusing on 18th century literature. When she is not listening to baseball games, enjoying the outdoors, or reading, she can be found mostly in Richmond, VA writing primarily about nature, nostalgia, faith, family, and Jane Austen.
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