'What I'm Giving Up for Lent'
From Little Debbie cakes to bad attitudes to political talk shows, Beliefnet readers reveal what they're forgoing this Lent.
02/21/2007 02:09:14 PM
I think if you have to use lent as a reason to give up a bad habit is pretty lame. And my question is where is lent in the Bible....isn't lent a Catholic tradition, man made rule during pre-resurrection day...For one, if you can leave something on the wade side for forty day's, don't you think one could permanently leave it...for those that practice lent it shouldn’t be an excuse to clean up your act, shouldn’t the Word of God suffice and be the motivator?
02/28/2006 01:45:15 PM
After reading everything here today, I am able to finally deceide what it is I am doing for Lent. I am going to find a good book of reflection and read it each evening before going to bed, with no tv or computer on in the background. I am also going to pray for family members that may need an extra rememberence. Thank you all for sharing your thoughts and helping me to find what I need to do!
02/18/2005 04:47:42 PM
I am fasting for Lent-today is my 10th day since Ash Wed. I have fasted in the past and found it very spiritually enlightening. Usually if I fast at least 10 days I get a form of enlightenment from God. I have certain foods I often eat a lot of--peanut butter, chocolate and trail mix. By giving these up as well as fasting in general (only drinking water), I am focusing more on God because I am not obsessing about my favorite foods and how I want more of them. If I put food entirely out of the picture, I have more time to spend in meditation and prayer, as well as doing other things like reading spiritual materials. I do agree with those who have suggested that we should both sacrifice and give something for Lent. I think that's a great idea. By fasting I can empathize more with those in the Third World regarding their plight, too. I have fasted 30 days in the past at Lent. During this fast I will fast until my body (or God) tells me it's time to stop.
02/18/2005 09:30:41 AM
I think people have Lenten devotions confused with self-improvement. The object is not to improve yourself--these aren't New Years resolutions. The object is to improve your relationship with God. What are the things that stand in the way of a deeper relationship with God? Those are the things you should be identifying and giving up. Sacrificing for the sake of sacrificing, or to strengthen your will power or something, doesn't have much meaning unless it deepens your faith. I don't think God wants us to punish ourselves through self-denial as though it were a virtue.
02/17/2005 02:24:56 PM
The advantage of typing things up on beliefnet is that I actually have a chance to edit my language. I must confess to having something of a dirty mouth, and swearing is often my Lenten sacrifice. It's a tough one, but I try to say a prayer after every swear, which means that a profanity gives me a chance to speak to God. Kind of a pain sometimes because I tend to swear without realizing it. I've been told of the swear jar, but my family tried that when I was growing up, and, well, It ended up being a handy jar when one was strapped for cash. Quite often at the end of Lent, the swear jar turned into an IOU jar. Thank you beliefnet, I love you.
02/17/2005 02:08:51 PM
Bob Bennett's comment is so amusing. The popularity of sacrifice? I don't think anyone looking at North American society would ever get the impression that sacrifice is popular. Perhaps it is but it would seem to be a well kept secret considering there are so many people engaging in "conspicuous consumption" driving their Hummers and Cadillacs and s.u.v.s around. Sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, wasting gas to buy gas at a lower price. Consuming more gas than necessary by racing over the speed limit or idling their engines in the drive-thru line-ups. Yes, sacrifice surely must be popular.