When I was a kid, every lent I would try to give up chocolate. I emphasize the word, “try.” Usually it only lasted a week or two, but sometimes I made it to Easter and spent the day in chocolate ecstasy. As an adult, I know that’s not the point of giving something up. In fact, in an article I read recently, the author stated that we should use the money saved by our self-sacrifice to give to the poor. Hmmm… That’s a lot of chocolate to keep track of.
When I read the article, it reminded me of another article that I read a couple of years ago. A family started to do something similar. If they were going to go out to eat, but decided to stay in, they would put the money saved into a charity jar. Renting a movie instead of going to the movies put a lot of change into the jar. Making a pizza instead of ordering out was cost efficient and a boon to their chosen charity. It’s a simple way to help others that shows us how self-sacrifice can be turned into something positive.