According to Wikipedia (obviously the most reliable resource), Lent , in Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year, leading up to Easter. 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.
Honestly, to me, Lent has never been more than a time when you were supposed to give something up. I only really succeeded once, when, in high school (I think), I gave up soda, and proceeded to not drink soda for another 8ish years. I want this year to be different. Yes, I am giving up two things, but I am hoping it is for actual reasons. I have many reasons for wanting to deny myself things I am accustomed to. First, I want to get in the habit of asking God for help when I need it, instead of depending on myself, others, or just luck. Second, I feel pretty worthless not having a job and not being able to accomplish goals on a regular basis, so this will be a huge personal goal and a challenge. Third, my hope is that giving up these things will make me feel better overall, physically, mentally, spiritually.
So what am I giving up, already?!
I know this is SOOO cliche, but you will be hard pressed to find someone with a bigger sweet tooth than me. I crave them. I need them. I have attempted many years to give up sweets for Lent but have yet to succeed. It always coincided with Spring Break, vacation, and Girl Scout Cookies. I also think that all that processed sugar is awful for my body, especially since I am training for a half marathon. So out it goes! I know that if I can make it at least 3 days the cravings will decrease significantly, but it will take a lot of prayer to make it ’til Easter (and hopefully I don’t drown myself in chocolate that day….)
Yes, I like beer. And no, I don’t drink that much of it to begin with. But it really is not a necessary part of my diet or life. I really only have them at TOT once a week or at a party/gathering and everyone else is drinking it. This one is also more of a diet thing because it is just unnecessary calories. But it will take some effort because it’s a habit at those TOT meetings and almost everyone else gets some. Not to mention it will save me money, which I don’t have much of!
All in all, I am cutting out a couple things that I not NEED. I will survive without ice cream, even though Sweet CeCe’s is within walking distance from my house. I pray that I use this season to reflect on my life and see what is missing. What don’t I need? What is missing? And fix it.