On the one hand, we’re warned against publicizing our holy deeds.

On the other hand, I find that having a written record of my plans helps me to commit to them. If I keep my plans in my head, it’s too easy to tweak them based on what I feel like on any given day. I’m more disciplined when I write stuff down.

So here’s my record of what I plan to do for Lent.

One:Every Wednesday, I will give up sweets (chocolates, peppermint candies, etc) and skip lunch, or eat a very light lunch, in order to pray. This year, my church is encouraging members to fast once a week, and my plans are shaped by theirs. I’m excited to be partnering with my church for once, instead of doing this Lone Ranger style.

Two: I plan to read Dante’s Comedy, perhaps the essential Easter story.

Three: I hope to start memorizing 1 John.

Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.

1 John 3:2-3