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Holy Experiment Day

March 4, 2016

Today is Holy Experiment Day, a day for you to begin an experiment that can bring you or someone else closer to God or that can make a difference in someone’s life or in the world. We challenge you to try giving up something or taking on something new over the next few weeks of Lent. You might decide:

  • to pray for someone every day between now and Easter.
  • to invite your family to say grace before every meal for the rest of Lent.
  • to find an accountability partner or a trusted adult with whom to talk about your beliefs and questions.
  • to begin tithing (or increasing your tithe) during the Lenten season.
  • to read a passage of scripture each day and discuss it with a friend.
  • to give up complaining for the remainder of Lent.
  • to practice random acts of kindness whenever possible.
  • to try a day of fasting or to give up one food or habit (Facebook, TV, texting, Internet) in order to focus more on your time with God.

Be bold with your experiment! Perhaps your sacrifice or practice might be a greater blessing than you can imagine. Discover what happened when Juliana Jones’s family chose an “ICE CREAM FAST”:

devozine Ice Cream FTR TS 145855205My family is addicted to ice cream. Yet for Lent one year, we decided to give up our beloved, sweet, creamy dessert. We knew that fasting from ice cream would be like torture for us, but we were determined to make this small sacrifice for Jesus as a reminder that he had given his life for us.

I’m not going to paint a rosy picture. Lent that year was difficult; but we made an effort to replace the times we normally ate ice cream with times of prayer, which brought us closer together as a family and drew us closer to God. We also decided to give the money we saved to the poor, who probably seldom get to eat dessert. God was asking us to grow in solidarity with our less fortunate brothers and sisters as well as in our relationship with Christ. The money we saved by fasting added up to seventy-five dollars; but the Lenten practice of fasting, prayer, and service was worth far more than we had imagined.
 

“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen? . . . Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter?”
Isaiah 58:6a, 7a (NIV)

 

ACT ON IT: Are you addicted to ice cream? soda? fast food? chocolate? During Lent, consider fasting from your favorite tasty treat and giving your savings to charity. Do the math; the blessings multiply quickly.

—Juliana Jones

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