When we consider our service obligation during Lent, perhaps we should step back a bit. Consider “baby steps.” Don’t get me wrong, if you want to end world hunger, stop war and bring world peace, or cure cancer please go ahead. But for the rest of us small acts of kindness and charity can have a huge effect.
Think about helping an elderly neighbor with her groceries, a personal note to someone who is grieving, reconnecting with an old friend, or a million other small steps, that can become habits, that can become ways of life.
Sometimes we forget to begin with the fundamentals, before we play in the big game. Lent is about those fundamentals.