Today is Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of the 40 day Lenten season in which Christians walk where Jesus walked and simulate His sacrifice for the sins of the world through personal decisions about what we eat, how we spend our money, and what we do with our lives. When I was a boy I pretty much trivialized Lent when I announced to my mother that I was giving up brussels sprouts. I hated those little cabbages – and my mother tried, in vain, to convince me that sacrifice meant something I really liked – not hated. Since that time I have been a little more thoughtful about the Lenten sacrifice, to the extent that it often involves money. I hope you will think about the sacrifice that Jesus made for you – and make yours accordingly.