What Are You Giving Up For Lent?

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday. As most people know, this is the 40 days period of preparation for Easter with reflection, repentance, and prayer. Most people fast or give up things for Lent. I am not Catholic but I have fasted and given up thing before for Lent as a way to get closer to God. In the past I’ve given up alcohol, reality television, and sweets. I always make it the 40 days. I feel great about myself for having the self-control and will to do so. I have not necessarily felt closer to God in doing these things. Today while I was reading my devotional, I came across this passage:

And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get. But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face. Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.  -Matthew 6:16-18

And there you have it. I can be honest and say that one of the main reasons I give up things for Lent is because everyone else is doing it. I could tell people what I was giving up and why. Then people would go “oh wow….good luck!” That’s why I never got more than an exercise in self-determination because it wasn’t done in the correct spirit. So this year I’m not giving up anything. I am going to use this period to pray more sincerely and to better my temple. I am going to continue my work on becoming a better Christian and a better person altogether. My walk with Christ i not supposed to be a show but I want people to see Him when they see me and my work. THAT i my focus for the Lenten season.

Are you giving up something for Lent? What is it? What are your preparations before Easter?

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You Want Me To GIve Up What, Now?!

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season. I’m not Catholic, but at times I do give up something in these 40 days that is really a sacrifice. I love making promises to God to give up vices that are not for my good anyway. Last year, I spent Lent reading The Purpose Driven Life and starting to get my walk with Christ on track. During this time, I go into prayer, fasting and charity. I know that I should do this year round (and for the most past I do….well except the fasting part), but I make special effort at Lent.

This year I was approached by my twitter play cousin, @ShaiUnfiltered, about taking a reality TV break for Lent. I went into immediate protest, lol. I’m a little obsessed with trashy reality shows, but they have been making me a little weary. Sometimes I get stressed out by seeing black women behaving badly for a check. It works my nerves so much that I end up fussing at the TV. This has caused Boo Thangto stop wanting to watch TV with me….or when he does, he refuses to let me enjoy it! I would keep watching it to get a rise out of him (rebellious spirit…can’t help it), but that first reason is enough to let me know that I should give it up.

I have a Twitter support system, so I should be good to go. The fact that Boo Thang thinks I’ll break after week 2 is also motivation.

Here are the rules:

  1. No VH1! (Let’s be honest….they are the world’s worst. I can’t even watch the channel for fear that I will get stuck)
  2. No reality programming where there are fight involved or any drama that happens for absolutely NO REASON!
  3. Positive reality shows are excluded (Say Yes To The Dress, The Voice and the like)
  4. Valid from Ash Wednesday to Palm Sunday. 40 DAYS.

Wish me luck!!!