Last year’s FastPrayGive Lent calendar was an enormous success. The idea behind it was that we wanted people to look at the Lenten season as more than just a time to give up chocolate.
Every day we offered readers a Daily Jolt moment of inspiration and contemplation as well as opportunities to practice in simple useful ways the ancient Lenten traditions of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
We also peppered the calendar with incentives throughout and a grand prize right before Easter. We’re giving away even more incentives this year but we want our readers to help us build the new edition of our calendar! Send us your ideas for a Daily Jolt (see examples below) and, if we use yours, we’ll send you some Busted Halo® Swedish Fish. Remember, like the Daily Jolt, entries don’t have to be simply text, they can be video, audio or some combination as well. Submissions do, however, need to be brief, surprising and provocative to be chosen. Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some examples of our FastPrayGive Daily Jolts are listed below:
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.”
–Martin Luther King, Jr.
Fast from thoughtlessness.
Pray for one minute on the gifts or the people in your life you have been given that you sometimes take for granted.
Give by going out of your way to offer a genuine compliment to someone you encounter and perform one small act of kindness.
“There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer.”
–John Wooden, UCLA Coach
Fast from breakfast and dinner today.
Pray for those who miss breakfast and dinner every day.
Give the cost of those two meals (at least $10) to your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you’ve set aside to hold the money saved from various fasting challenges, to be used for whatever charity you choose at the end of Lent.)
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”
Fast from using seasoning on my food today.
Pray for those who would be happy to simply have a taste of bread, without butter, or a potato, without sour cream. Think about what your food tastes like without all the extras we have come to expect.
Give money or time to a food organization like City Harvest that helps gather food for those in need, or donate the cost of a loaf of bread and condiments to your FastPrayGive Bowl.