This Wednesday begins one of the most intreguing religious holidays to me, Lent. I have actually practiced Lent for several years. My friend Nina started me on it in high school, maybe.
For those of you who don't actually know me, no I'm not Catholic, nor does my congregation actually encourage or speak about Lent. I started it just because it seemed like a nice thing to do. Why shouldn't I sacrifice something for 40 days to prepare myself for the celebration of Jesus' death and resurrection? It's the least I can do, right? Most years I give up coke (this term used in the generic sense).
Now the season has rolled around again so it is on my mind. Part of me wonders if I should do it at all. I'm having trouble thinking of something to give up. I could do coke or chocolate or something like that, but doesn't that seem superficial in the grand scheme of things? Yeah, I gave up coke for 40 days to mentally prepare for Holy Week. Seems rather pathetic. But then I think, wow, if I give up coke maybe I can break myself of the addiction to caffine and be taking better care of the body God gave me. I'm not sure. I'm still kicking it around in my mind... praying for the Lord to guide me to the best way to glorify Him and discipline myself.
Anyone out there celebrate Lent? Any thoughts on the practice?