Definition: Committing to fasting or giving up certain types of luxuries as a form of penitence or discipline.
I have been thinking about my spending lately and how shopping becomes a habit instead of something I do based off of need. Whether it is grocery, clothes, toiletries or household goods, finding a balance in what I spend and developing discipline in this area of my life is surely something I could do as a gesture to rid my life of so many materialistic desires.
Spending isn't bad and having a hobby that involves clothes isn't bad, BUT this being a focus of one's life and reckless spending just to have something new is wrong (for me). That's why I want to start making priority list for things I need or want instead of doing so much impulse shopping. Saving for bigger items gives me great joy when I'm finally able to get them, but I've surely gotten away from having the discipline to do this!
I justify that I deserve things instead of thinking about more what I could be doing for others. So I'm just working on my mentality and thought this time of year was the perfect time for some changes in my thought process.
For Lent, my sacrifice is going to be giving up frivolous shopping for Chase & I. I have already found if I give up shopping for me, I end up buying Chase all kinds of stuff (he doesn't need) so I had to throw him into my "challenge" as well. My hope is for this to be more of a lifestyle change than just a time of sacrifice for Lent.