So each Friday my plan is to hop on and give you, the adoring public, some thoughts on what my coffee free lent is looking like.
To be honest, withdrawal hasn't been a real serious thing for me. I think part of that has been that I was sick just before Lent began, so I wasn't drinking coffee for a while before hand anyway. Wednesday night I had a bit of a headache, but the jury is still out as to whether that was actual withdrawal symptoms or just the side effects of working as a youth pastor and playing dodgeball.
Yesterday I was doing some dishes and put a few mugs away, in the same cabinet where we store the coffee. The smell was overwhelming! It was super tempting to pull some of the beans down off the shelf and brew a french press worth of goodness. But I didn't. So we're three days in, and coffee still hasn't touched my lips.
The side of this that I would desperately like to get better at is making sure that I stop every time a craving hits and offer up a prayer of thanksgiving. This whole endeavor isn't about proving to myself I could do it, or some kind of health kick, though those are certainly happy side effects. The purpose of this is to be a spiritual exercise. So I need to work on that, but other than that, the first half week has gone really well. It will be interesting to see how I handle something like Sunday morning, when everyone around me at Church will have a cup of joe in their hands. Temptation will be high, but at least accountability will be higher.
More to come!