So today, as I was googling “Fat Tuesday” memes to post on Facebook I came across this one. Makes ya think… doesn’t it? If you think you should give up something for 40 some odd days to bring you closer to Christ (which is the point of Lent) then maybe you should give it up altogether. HUH!
About 11 years ago I gave up drinking for Lent. This was, of course, back when I was still drinking… (obviously). It was very difficult for me, especially since St. Patrick’s Day is always during Lent and I love my Guinness on St. Patty’s day! But I survived the “fast” and was quite proud of myself. I did it! After that Lenten fast I knew that I would eventually have to give up drinking (there was this still small voice in the back of my head) … I knew it deep down in my soul. Then four years later I finally did give up drinking for good (I am 6 years sober!). God was patient with me… and He gave me the grace to do so. I so needed to cut drinking out of my life. Being sober brought me closer to God.
Also about 3 years ago I gave up coffee for Lent… (AAAAHHHH! OH the HORROR!)
… now that was even harder to do since it was something I drank daily! Giving up coffee was a huge sacrifice! But I drank tea during my coffee fast and survived (though I hated tea for months after that haha). I never thought I would eventually have to give up coffee… why the heck would I give up coffee?! Coffee is not beer/booze! There is no reason to give it up! Or so I thought … Well, sorry Kelly, there was a good reason. Health reasons… reflux/heartburn all attributed to coffee… so last fall I gave it up. Thing is… I’m fine without it. Go figure. And I feel better. Healthier. Praise God.
So … after seeing this “What if I told you…” meme… and thinking about my past “fasts” I was thinking … is this time of year (Lent) really a taste of what we should truly be doing…? A time to reassess how we have been living… how else can we die to self and have a closer relationship to God? Will what I “give up” this year eventually be something that is given up for good? And will the things I add become a beloved habit? .. Kind of scary… yet inspiring and exciting…
This Lent: I am setting aside more time for prayer/bible reading and reflection (up at 4AM!). I am going to write Haikus every day of Lent like I did last year (loved doing that!). and I am going to eat healthy (no junk food for you!). I hope, eventually, all of these things become a natural daily habit. God willing.
And for those of you giving up Facebook… well, you’re just crazy. Haha!
Well, Fat Tuesday is not over yet!… and there are Rice Krispie treats to shove in my gob…
May God bless you this Lent!