What I’m giving up for Lent
I grew up in the Catholic faith but haven’t practiced in some time. But I never really converted away from it or anything.
I consider myself a Christian and while I do attend a Baptist church, for me, it is more about having a relationship with Christ than what denomination you are. This is so not what this post is about, ha ha!
Anyway, even though I’m not Catholic, I still appreciate the season of Lent. According to Wikipedia, which describes it better than I could:
The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.
It is also a time where many in both the religious and secular worlds choose to give up their unhealthy vices and McDonald’s runs a sale on their fried fish sandwiches (don’t even get me started on that one). One of my favorite ideas in years past was instead of giving up something, add something in like daily exercise, a Bible study, or charitable endeavors.
I am a follower of Jesus, so this is a special time leading up to Easter, and I like to be focused and intentional in remembering the sacrifices He made for me. But I also like the idea of sacrificing something that is unhealthy for you. I’ve heard many stories of people who gave something up for Lent and kept it going afterwards.
I’ve also read on Twitter that a few people are going vegetarian or vegan for Lent! I hope they keep that up as well.
Yesterday, I went through my usual list of “demons”: diet soda, caffeine (which isn’t all bad, just too much), etc. But really, since I went Crap Free in February 2009 and vegan in October, I don’t have much left in my life that I find unhealthy or a vice, if you will. I don’t even chew gum anymore!
So I had to dig deep. What am I doing that is unhealthy for me? What do I need to sacrifice in order to learn something?
So you observe Lent? What are you doing this year?