Lent 2020 | Day 30: “Release”

Our word today is “release.”

As we have made some adjustments in our home about how to handle our children being home and maintaining a semblance of routine, I have found myself realizing a couple of things.

First, I don’t need as much as I thought I did. Second, I don’t want as much as I thought I needed.

There is a simplification of life happening for me. I know that there are many who are still required to work. So, my thoughts are a reflection of the situation I have been put in. That being said, I have been surprised by how being forced to spend more time at home has reduced by carelessness in consumption. When I had access to anything, I could take advantage of that freedom and go and get it. But now that I have to stay at home, I realize that I don’t need those things. They are nice, but I don’t have to feel deprived or denied if I don’t get them.

The other thing that I have noticed is that now that I am not just getting stuff, my desire to have it is also going down. My awareness of this has peaked in the last couple of days. But I think it’s a lesson that I will take to heart.

I did not expect either of these realizations. But I am thankful for them.

What is something you have learned during this time of social distancing and quarantine?

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I am a disciple of Jesus Christ, husband, father, and author. I am an avid Cubs fan and a lover of Chicago-style Deep Dish pizza.

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