Lent is just a few days away, or maybe by the time you read this blog it’s already begun. Nonetheless, maybe the temptation of the thing your fasting from is really eating at you. Suddenly you see chocolate popping up every where you go!
This year for Lent I decided to give up my bed. I am so attached to that incredibly comfy piece of plastic, that it’s mildly ridiculous. I struggle every morning to remove the warm blankets, and peal out of bed to start my day.
Then one morning I received an email from one of the Life Teen Missionaries in Haiti about a young girl we met during our trip to Haiti. Taina was visiting the base when the missionaries were making beds for some of the guests they would be having. The young girl, about 10, asked the missionaries for a small mat (not even an inch thick) to take home to sleep on. When asked if she had a mattress she said no, that she just lays a sheet out and sleeps on top of it.
I couldn’t even finish reading the rest of the email. My heart broke.
There I was sitting on my iPhone, in a warm dining room, eating a hot meal, after complaining I had to get out of my comfy bed, when this young girl didn’t even have a mattress between her and the floor. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
When I went home that day, it made me sick to even look at my bed. I decided that night I would be sleeping on the floor from that night till at least through Lent.
I challenge you, YES you, to think about kids like Taina when you complain you have to get out of your comfy bed to start your day in the morning. Maybe this Lent you can join myself and some of the other missionaries by sleeping on the floor. Don’t even think about grabbing your pillow. Just you, the floor, and a blanket. #40onthefloor