Countdown to Christmas
with a 7-Day Challenge
Shower as often as you normally would, but each time you shower, the water should be cold. When we place the comfort of the hot shower in the place of a sacrificial, uncomfortable, cold shower, we choose to trade an opportunity to sacrifice for a fleeting personal comfort.
Give Up Alcohol
Abstain from alcohol. It’s pretty straightforward – don’t drink beer, wine, liquor, hard-seltzers. You get it. Instead, offer up this sacrifice for an intention such as your spouse, your children, or other people in your life.
Abstain from all noise within your control. Music at work, radio in the car, podcasts while on a run, television in down time. In place of the noise, embrace the silence and receive the room it makes for God to speak and for you to encounter both him and yourself.
Cut Out Snacks
Abstain from eating between meals. Eat your main meals as normal, but leave those snacks alone. Practice disciplining your appetite to strengthen your will. And as you wait for the next meal, remember what we’re really waiting for in the season of Advent.
Power Down Media
Abstain from all forms of digital media: Social media, music, radio, podcasts, television, videos, audio books, etc. In place of the media, embrace the time and space you have just made for God to speak and for you to encounter him, yourself, and all the time you thought you didn’t have.
Should you lead a fraternity?
You know the Lord wants more from you? Maybe he wants even more from you than you think.
End Advent strong by not only giving yourself to him in prayer asceticism and fraternity, but giving yourself to him with an openess to change the lives of the men around you in 2022, if he is indeed asking you to.