I have been contemplating whether or not to write about this topic for a while now and I am a little bit perplexed about it. For me, Lent is a time of reflection, oneness, unity with Christ but when I hear others say that during Lent they give up things such as food, shopping, social network, sex, alcohol, sweets, fried foods, etc., you name it, I probably have heard it. Correct me if I am wrong, but, wasn’t Lent the period of 40 days and 40 nights before Jesus was crucified when He was in the wilderness being tempted by the devil? He didn’t budge when he was being tempted. So shouldn’t Lent represent for us Christians the fact that we need to form a greater bond with Him not just during the Lenten season but afterwards as a continuation of what we are supposed to do on a daily basis. I am not perfect in any way and I do not claim to be but how is giving up the things that I mentioned going to impact your relationship with Christ for the better? Because, let’s face it, it is about Him and not us, or did we forget that part. In my book, you either do something the right way or don’t do it at all!!t
It is similar to our resolutions each year, we say we are doing the things we want to such as lose weight, eat better, treat others right, etc. but how much of that actually gets past the first week of the new year every year. We are all human and we are entitled to make mistakes but come on, Christ should have a different, more meaningful significance in our lives. Don’t just give up sweets, sex, alcohol, social media, etc. for 40 days just so you can say you fasted. Give it up so that you can have a deeper and more spiritual relationship with Him because that is what it is all about and when you do give up those things do it so that your relationship with Christ is strengthened and you can have that abundance in Him.
(1). What are some of the things that you have heard others say they are willing to give up during the season of Lent?
(2). What, if anything have you given up for Lent?