As a Christian, we are in the time of Lent. This is a time of reflection and penitence leading to the crucifixion and resurrection of our Savior. In many religions, people choose something to give up like sweets, soda, social media, etc. for the Lenten period. First, I was raised Lutheran and remember Lent and all things with it being a big deal in our household. Well, maybe not a big deal but they were acknowledged and/or celebrated. At 19, I decided to change religions to Southern Baptist. This was and continues to be the best personal decision I have made.
I haven't participated in Lent festivities in quite some time and didn't really have a reason why. I was browsing Kelly's Blog today and she mentioned she was Southern Baptist also and didn't really celebrate Lent. Now I know! Thanks Kelly! ;-)
None the less, to me, Lent is a time of being close to God and grounded in your faith. I'm not sure I quite understand why giving up sweets and soda are things that will bring you closer to God. The point of giving up something during Lent is to bring yourself closer to God, spend more time in reflection with Him, etc. I guess it can be said that the body is our temple and perhaps God doesn't want us stuffing ourselves with fats, sweets, and sodas but really folks? I challenge those of you participating in Lent to give up something else standing in between your time with God. Maybe you are on the computer too much and you give up Facebook. If so, spend that extra hour you have reading your Bible, praying, going to Church, etc. That's the point.
After reading Kelly's blog entry on Lent, I realized a few things...
A.) I don't partake in Lent
B.) I wasn't going to give up anything since I really wasn't participating
BUT...then I realized I really did give up something! For Lent, I gave up my crappy ex boyfriend! WA-HOO! Something I'm sure God is very pleased with. Something that was certainly preventing me in following God's plan and spending more time with HIM. <3
Do you guys take part in Lent? What are you sacrificing for Jesus?