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Finding My Personal Path

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FileEditViewInsertFormatToolsAdd-onsHelpAccessibilityLast edit was 3 minutes ago  Normal text Arial    Editing  new line  Document region.Today‌ ‌is‌ ‌Ash‌ ‌Wednesday–the‌ ‌start‌ ‌of‌ ‌Lent.‌ ‌For‌ ‌the‌ ‌next‌ ‌forty‌ ‌days,‌ ‌not‌ ‌counting‌ ‌Sundays,‌ ‌Christians‌ ‌willfocus‌ ‌more‌ ‌on‌ ‌spiritual‌ ‌disciplines‌ ‌in‌ ‌preparation‌ ‌for‌ ‌Easter.‌ ‌In‌ ‌the‌ ‌past‌ ‌I‌ ‌have‌ ‌relied‌ ‌heavily‌ ‌on‌ ‌liturgical‌ ‌acts:‌ ‌●Imposition‌ ‌of‌ ‌ashes‌ ‌on‌ ‌Ash‌ ‌Wednesday‌ ‌●Special‌ ‌worship‌ ‌services‌ ‌●Special‌ ‌Lenten‌ ‌programs‌ ‌●Food‌ ‌fellowship‌ ‌in‌ ‌various‌ ‌congregations‌ ‌This‌ ‌year,‌ ‌I‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌have‌ ‌these‌ ‌options.‌ ‌I‌ ‌am‌ ‌setting‌ ‌out‌ ‌on‌ ‌my‌ ‌personal‌ ‌path‌ ‌for‌ ‌Lent.‌ ‌In‌ ‌a‌ ‌pamflet,‌ ‌my‌ ‌pastor‌ ‌reminded‌ ‌me‌ ‌that‌ ‌fasting‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌spiritual‌ ‌discipline‌ ‌long‌ ‌associated‌ ‌with‌ ‌Lent‌ ‌and,‌ ‌in‌ ‌general,‌ ‌the‌ ‌spiritual‌ ‌life.‌ ‌I‌ ‌know‌ ‌the‌ ‌arguments‌ ‌for‌ ‌fasting‌ ‌and‌ ‌some‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌traps‌ ‌people‌ ‌can‌ ‌set‌ ‌for‌ ‌themselves.‌ ‌Fasting‌ ‌from‌ ‌sugary‌ ‌delights‌ ‌and‌ ‌drinks‌ ‌may‌ ‌be‌ ‌a‌ ‌good‌ ‌place‌ ‌to‌ ‌start,‌ ‌but‌ ‌relishing‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌improved‌ ‌health‌ ‌or‌ ‌weight‌ ‌loss‌ ‌interferes‌ ‌with‌ ‌the‌ ‌spiritual‌ ‌discipline.‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌reading‌ ‌about‌ ‌fasting‌ ‌while‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌chatting‌ ‌with‌ ‌my‌ ‌Insticart‌ ‌shopper‌ ‌and‌ ‌discussing‌ ‌that‌ ‌the‌ ‌store‌ ‌had‌ ‌no‌ ‌cranberry‌ ‌walnut‌ ‌muffins.‌ ‌The‌ ‌discidence‌ ‌of‌ ‌these‌ ‌two‌ ‌activities‌ ‌was‌ ‌not‌ ‌lost‌ ‌on‌ ‌me.‌ ‌Earlier‌ ‌this‌ ‌week‌ ‌I‌ ‌was‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌conversation‌ ‌loosely‌ ‌based‌ ‌on‌ ‌a‌ ‌reading‌ ‌of‌ ‌Exodus‌ ‌where‌ ‌the‌ ‌enslaved‌ ‌people‌ ‌cry‌ ‌out‌ ‌to‌ ‌God.‌ ‌God‌ ‌hears‌ ‌them‌ ‌and‌ ‌sends‌ ‌Moses‌ ‌to‌ ‌lead‌ ‌them‌ ‌out‌ ‌of‌ ‌Egypt‌ ‌into‌ ‌the‌ ‌Promised‌ ‌Land.‌ ‌The‌ ‌conversation‌ ‌turned‌ ‌to‌ ‌the‌ ‌right‌ ‌treatment‌ ‌of‌ ‌people‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌minimum‌ ‌wage.‌ ‌I‌ ‌commented‌ ‌on‌ ‌paying‌ ‌the‌ ‌tip‌ ‌for‌ ‌my‌ ‌Insticart‌ ‌shopper‌ ‌who‌ ‌is‌ ‌paid‌ ‌very‌ ‌little‌ ‌to‌ ‌shop‌ ‌for‌ ‌me.‌ ‌I‌ ‌always‌ ‌gasp‌ ‌a‌ ‌little‌ ‌inside‌ ‌when‌ ‌I‌ ‌see‌ ‌the‌ ‌20%‌ ‌tip‌ ‌added‌ ‌to‌ ‌my‌ ‌total.‌ ‌It‌ ‌always‌ ‌seems‌ ‌like‌ ‌a‌ ‌lot‌ ‌above‌ ‌and‌ ‌beyond‌ ‌the‌ ‌cost‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌groceries.‌ ‌These‌ ‌days‌ ‌I‌ ‌don’t‌ ‌even‌ ‌speak‌ ‌to‌ ‌my‌ ‌shopper‌ ‌who‌ ‌just‌ ‌leaves‌ ‌the‌ ‌bags‌ ‌at‌ ‌my‌ ‌door.‌ ‌They‌ ‌are‌ ‌long‌ ‌gone‌ ‌when‌ ‌I‌ ‌open‌ ‌the‌ ‌door‌ ‌to‌ ‌bring‌ ‌them‌ ‌inside.I‌ ‌thought‌ ‌about‌ ‌pharaoh‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌people‌ ‌making‌ ‌bricks‌ ‌in‌ ‌Egypt.‌ ‌I‌ ‌am‌ ‌sure‌ ‌my‌ ‌shopper‌ ‌would‌ ‌prefer‌ ‌a‌ ‌different‌ ‌job,‌ ‌a‌ ‌better‌ ‌paying‌ ‌one‌ ‌and‌ ‌one‌ ‌that‌ ‌makes‌ ‌good‌ ‌use‌ ‌of‌ ‌their‌ ‌skills.‌ ‌Some‌ ‌items‌ ‌in‌ ‌my‌ ‌order‌ ‌were‌ ‌unavailable.‌ ‌My‌ ‌total‌ ‌charge‌ ‌was‌ ‌reduced‌ ‌and‌ ‌so‌ ‌was‌ ‌the‌ ‌tip.‌ ‌Why‌ ‌should‌ ‌my‌ ‌shopper‌ ‌pay‌ ‌the‌ ‌price?‌ ‌I‌ ‌found‌ ‌the‌ ‌place‌ ‌where‌ ‌I‌ ‌could‌ ‌write‌ ‌in‌ ‌a‌ ‌tip‌ ‌and‌ ‌increased‌ ‌it.‌ ‌I‌ ‌am‌ ‌not‌ ‌writing‌ ‌this‌ ‌to‌ ‌toot‌ ‌my‌ ‌own‌ ‌horn.‌ ‌I‌ ‌am‌ ‌writing‌ ‌this‌ ‌to‌ ‌think‌ ‌about‌ ‌fasting.‌ ‌Instead‌ ‌of‌ ‌refraining‌ ‌from‌ ‌eating‌ ‌maybe‌ ‌fasting‌ ‌looks‌ ‌like‌ ‌compensating‌ ‌my‌ ‌shopper.‌ ‌Almsgiving‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌part‌ ‌of‌ ‌Lent,‌ ‌too.‌ ‌Headings you add to the document will appear here.about:blankabout:blank to the webThis document is not published to the web.Make your content visible to anyone by publishing it to the web. You can link to or embed your document. Learn moreLinkEmbedPublish

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