“What are you giving up for Lent?”
That’s often a question we hear this time of year. The Lenten Season kicked off yesterday with Ash Wednesday. During Lent Christians all over the world choose to give something up during the 40 days leading up to Easter. This practice reflects the time Jesus spent in the wilderness. It’s also an opportunity to remove a distraction that may keep us from experiencing Jesus more fully.
I know people who have given up social media, sleeping in and television. I can see how all of those things could prevent someone from experiencing Jesus more fully.
A lot of people, though, use Lent as a spiritualized diet, giving up ice cream or fast food. Abstaining from ice cream and fast food for 40 days isn’t a bad idea, but I don’t know how big of a distraction those food items are. I’ve never said, “This ice cream is really keeping me from following Jesus.”
The things we give up and what we replace them with should draw us closer to Jesus in some way.
Which is why I’m making my Lenten Season all about the treadmill. Continue reading