The room mates and I were sitting around this evening talking about our weekends. I asked them what they were planning on doing for Lent. Reactions were varied. Someone said, “What’s the point?” Another said that they weren’t giving up anything since they were already fighting off their addiction to caffeine.
I think Lent is good. Giving up something you love is a difficult discipline that I think is important. Self-denial is one of those things that make a person grow, especially when it is for something good, like Jesus.
So, the question is, what do I give up? In reality anything that I suggest I could rationalize away (“I can’t give up caffeine because I am going to need it for my big seminar paper…”). I would like to give up Chapel for Lent, but know that it needs to be something hard as well as something I am not actively avoiding now. So, I have narrowed down the list a bit and you can give me your suggestions or experiences.
3. Gasoline (to the best of my ability)
5. Fast Food
6. Eating Out
I have also considered just doing something extra for the 40 days: prayer, study, meditation. Something along those lines. I am not sure. Anyone have any suggestions or good Lent experiences?