For Lent

The clock struck 12 almost a half hour ago and Ash Wednesday is now here. The beginning of Lent is traditionally a time when one gives up something for the 40 days before Easter. In the past (for about fours now, I think), I have given up liquid caffeine, which includes the likes of soda and coffee (and frappachinos), but not chocolate. It’s really getting to the point where it’s easy to give up caffeine, so I’m looking for suggestions on what else I can give up for Lent this year.

7 Replies to “For Lent”

  1. OMG Are you COMPLETELY MAD!!!!? No coffee… I would last half a day lol
    I actually forgot about lent so I will think of something to give up today…. and start 2moro.

  2. I’m not religious so I may be way off base here but isn’t Lent about giving up something that will make you a better person. More pure or whatever for the resurrection? I don’t think caffine or facebook are really big sacrifices that make you a better person. Last year I had a friend tell me they were giving up carbs for Lent. What the heck? What about sacrificing your time to volunteer for a good cause, that makes you a better person? What about giving up making excuses to not do homework or go to class? But then again what do I know, I’m a heathen…

  3. I am in a hurry, so I am only giving this link as a brief guide to Lent. See google for more:

    http://www.cresourcei.org/cylent.html

    Paragraphs 3 and 4 of this article have particular applicability to this discussion of “What is Lent FOR/What is an ‘appropriate sacrifice’ to offer for Lent?”

    Not being Catholic myself, I don’t have set-in-stone guidelines for how to observe Lent (that’s probably making a generality about Catholics; I’m sure some of them don’t really follow set guidelines either). Therefore, I am going to observe it as a season for eliminating one or more distractions that prevent me from living a faithful and serving life. The food fasting might be seen as a way of establishing discipline within your life, which may in turn help you to discipline yourself in other ways (for Christians, maybe that means picking up a Bible in place of the ten or fifteen minutes it otherwise would take you to brew a pot of coffee and drink it). I am a high school track coach and a volunteer at a med center. Maybe not wandering onto facebook three times daily for fifteen minutes each time will allow me to spend 45 extra minutes volunteering at the medical center. If you can eliminate distractions and instead dedicate that extra time to pursuits that A) let you focus on God and/or B) let you serve one another (and/or a variety of other goals that the Bible tells us we should strive for), then, in my opinion, your Lent “fasting” is accomplishing its goal.

    The way I see it (which, I remind you, is not traditional) Lent isn’t really about doing something “that makes you a better person” in a direct, self-seeking sense, but doing something (or not doing something) that will let you dedicate more of your time and your self to God.

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