Where This Meets That
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Do you have a few extra pounds you’d like to shed?
Here are 40 days for you to do so . . . for an added cause!
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Ash Wednesday is just a week away (Feb 22), kicking off the 40-day season of Lent.
Many Christians, including Catholics like myself, use Lent as a heightened period of spiritual reflection and renewal.
There are several ways of going about this, but the most meaningful ways involve some form of self-sacrifice. We might try to increase our spiritual reading during this time, or perhaps our devotion to prayer or even involve ourselves more in community outreach, etc..
Another common course is to sacrifice something we take for granted, something we enjoy but don’t need, say . . . chocolate, for example. It’s quite common for Christian faithful to use Lent as a springboard for a lifestyle change, to eat healthier or exercise more, etc.. After all, “your body is a temple” (1 Corinthians 6:19).
Often as not, Lent proves a humbling time for us. Either we fail to make it four days, much less 40, and we feel guilty for the balance of the season, or we become so irritated by the habit’s hiatus that we become the hypocrites Jesus cautioned us about in Matthew 6:16-18.
By now, we all know my goal here with TS2012: I want to improve myself and, along the way, raise money for the Missionaries of the Poor.
For this Lenten season, I challenge you to join me.
So, if you have a few extra pounds you’d like to shed, here are 40 days for you to do so.
But instead of just tidying up your bodily “temple” during this time, I challenge you to join this TS2012! cause and raise donations for the Missionaries of the Poor by actively seeking your own sponsors.
It sounds like an awkward proposition, I know, but it’s really not. Ask your family, your friends, your coworkers, your doctors . . . anyone with a vested interest in helping you live longer!
IT’S A WIN/WIN/WIN/WIN SCENARIO!
– You receive better health and added incentive to follow through on your Lenten offering.
– Some of the poorest people in the world receive much needed food and shelter and care through you.
– People who sponsor you receive seeds of ministry sown in their hearts.
– People who encounter you receive inspiration to better their own lives.
– When people know what you’re up to, you also receive another layer of “insurance” against the temptation to slip.
Oops . . . that’s a fifth “WIN”. See? None but good fruits here!
SPEAKING OF GOOD FRUITS . . .
The participant who raises the most donations for the TS2012 Lenten Challenge will win a bottle of 2002 Chateau Haut-Brion Pessac-Leognan valued at over $400!
2nd Place will receive a pair of AMC Theatres Gold Experience Tickets.
THE “FINE PRINT”
– Participants shall notify me ASAP of their plans to participate (no deadline, I just want to be able to track participation).
– Participants shall confirm total donations pledged to me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than END OF DAY April 8, 2012 (Easter).
– All donations are due to me no later than END OF DAY Friday, April 13, 2012. Only at that time will final winners be selected, based on actual donations deposited.
– No, participants will not be expected to submit pictures of their feet on the scales as proof of progress; it’s up to them to satisfy the trust of their own donors.
– Since the interest here is raising donations for MOP, the participants who deposit the most total donations to me – NOT the ones who lose the most weight – will claim the prizes. Example: If a participant loses 1 lb but raises $1,000 for that 1 lb, he wins over one who loses 50 lbs but raises only $50 in donations.
– Donors (not participants) shall make checks payable to “Missionaries of the Poor”.
– Participants (not donors) shall deposit the donations to me.
– Grand prize winner must be able to pick up wine in metro-Atlanta area.
I am excited about the possibilities of this Challenge, and I hope you are, too. Don’t be shy. If you need to jumpstart the next, healthier chapter of your life, it might as well be now, and if now, you might as well use it for the greatest possible good.
Meanwhile, you might have noticed the new “LENTEN CHALLENGE” tab at the top of the page. Stay tuned on that. 🙂