10 Easy Ways to Give Back During Lent

  1. Do something you already do, but for free. For example, if you babysit, mow lawns, dog watch, or house watch,do it for free for a week for someone. It doesn’t take away from your normal schedule, but it is typically a huge help to them. 
  2. Do not buy anything you do not need! aka Chanel
  3. If you can’t give money, give your time. Spending time with children, the elderly, the sick, the worried, and your family are all good for the soul and world. Taking your grandparents or neighbors to lunch is a good way to spend your time.
  4. If you want to give money but don’t know where to start, begin by saving all of your change and 1’s to donate. This is a good time to be generous with all donations. If you see a go fund me for someone you used to know, donate! Even $5 helps.
  5. Compliment and help your family more than usual. Mother Teresa once said “if you want to change the world, go home and love your family”.
  6. Set up a time block in your day to relax and pray. Every. Single. Day.
  7. If you see anyone who seems like they need help, ask if they do indeed need help! 
    Every day we walk past people who look like they are struggling and we think it is not our business to ask if they need help. They may just need a hug or you to hold a door!
  8. Only eat home-cooked food instead of going to restaurants. If you have to go out, leave your waitress a good tip.
  9. Walk or use public transportation instead of driving whenever you can.When you have to drive, don’t take the best parking spot. Be mindful and use walking as a relaxation.
  10. Stop complaining. Literally stop yourself if you start and rejoice in all you have. Rejoice always! If it helps, make lists of things you are thankful for every week.If you have any questions about Orthodox Christianity, feel free to comment below or email me at clairewear1@gmail.com.

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