During Lent in our home we try to not only give things up but since Jesus gave everything for us we make it a goal to give to others. When the kids were all little I wanted a visual to encourage them to do good thing for others, especially each other, that is when the Lenten jar was born.
For every good deed done for someone else without being asked, they may put a bean in the empty jar. On Holy Thursday before bedtime I will put the beans into the crock pot along with pasta, and veggies to make the soup we will eat on Good Friday. If they do not do for others then our soup will be very meager.
They start up gung ho and the jar begins to fill very quickly but as the season goes on they begin to forget and I have to encourage them to do good things but that is a job that I don’t mind.
I took this picture of the morning of Ash Wednesday. It has many more beans in it right now and so far I have seen my children volunteer to do one of their brothers or sisters chores, give up the last piece of food for someone else who wants it, give up their turn to go out with Momma and when we are working outside they have gotten everyone water without anyone asking and with a smile.
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