[I'm a bit hesitant to post this, since by doing this I feel like I'm negating the spirit of what we're trying to accomplish; however, since several people IRL have asked me about this project, I am tossing this out there on the off-chance that it might interest someone else.]
Our family is going to try something new this year for Lent. In order to teach all of us the joy of offering little sacrifices for Jesus, we are going to use a "sacrifice poster."
Here is the poster (Christopher did a great job with the crown of thorns!) that we are going to hang on our kitchen door. The kids have been hard at work making a basketful of paper flowers that we will keep on the counter, along with MANY rolls of tape.
The object is simple: We are going to try to do little things out of love for Jesus every single day. When we do, we are going to s..n..e..a..k.. into the kitchen and find a way to put a flower on the crown without anyone seeing us do it. It will truly be something that only God knows about.
I can't tell you how excited we are to try this!
I am horrible at suffering in silence, or doing something nice for someone without saying something about it. I need a visual reminder like this... and a whole lot of grace... to get me started. My husband, on the other hand, could easily fill this crown up all by himself. He is an amazing man who does so much for others without ever bringing attention to himself.
I don't think the older kids will need any prompting -- they are so eager to do this! For the little ones, however, I think I'll have to catch them doing nice things and encourage them to put a flower on the poster.
If you have any other great Lenten activities you'd like to share, please leave me a comment! I'd love to hear from you!