Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Piece Of Lent

So, to those of you not versed in the Christian tradition, we are now at the beginning of Lent. What is Lent, you may ask? Well...that's a good question.

Having grown up the son of a Methodist minister, I always remembered hearing it mentioned but because I was so young I never participated in any of the "festivities." Those festivities being the sacrificing of crap for Adult Jesus.

Once my parents & I started attending more...charismatic churches (not Pentecostal Holiness. No one pretended to be an animal & not everyone prayed in tongues) it wasn't mentioned as much. Then I went to Toccoa & it was mentioned a lot more (but I didn't sacrifice anything because screw that).

Then last year when I was in college, it seemed like everyone & their mother (not my mother though) gave up something for the 40 days leading to Easter. Not me, though! But that is a thing of the past.

This year, I have decided to "celebrate" Lent. So for the next 40 days, I am giving up cussing.

Yes, that's right.

Katie is giving up chocolate (& possibly white bread). Most people give up food items, electronic stuff, & that kind of junk. But not me! I'm taming my tongue (that's what she said).

The reason for this is primarily because I cuss way too much. I think it makes me sound uneducated & ignorant. That isn't to say that I'm against cussing. Far from it! I think it's hilarious when people cuss. But this is just something I myself need to rein in. This has been something I've been meaning to do for a while now, so by piggy-backing it with this hot mess, it might make it easier since everyone will be miserable at the same time.

A guy from my small group (sort of?) is joining me in this endeavor. I had a successful first day, but he did not. Go me! I told him that we are allowed to cuss if they're song lyrics. We are also allowed to cuss in another language because English is the official language of God & the only one He respects.

Why do I have a bad feeling this won't last long at all?

Edit: So, I was having my friend David read this as soon as I posted it. He noticed a typo. Guess what I did? Well, let's have the screen capture tell the story...'s going to be a long Lent, folks.


Aubree said...

has that already started? i've only ever given up lame stuff like soda or...that's all i can remember haha.

Andrew said...

Yep! Today was the first day.

Caleb said...


"I'm taming my tongue (that's what she said)." Indeed she did, sir.

Giving up cussing? fuck that.


PS I'm not giving anything up, but I am adding something in. For 1 week, the only music in my car will be Sirius 38- techno electronic dance music. I already changed every preset to that station.

Let the beats begin.

Caleb said...

PS it's SO nice not to have word verification... ahh, peace...

Andrew said...

I'm sure it is nice. Now you can post all day & all night if you so desire.

I am jealous, actually.

Do you not like techno & you're trying to be cruel to yourself?

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater said...

You watch your language, young man!!! Try these:

"Son of a biscuit!"

"Mother Hubbard!"

"Jesus Mary and Joseph!"




Andrew said...

Sometimes, I say "mookie" instead of the shit word.