I have always been taught that Lent is not about giving up something for the sake of giving up something. Lent shows a disciplined practice in suffering and keeps us grounded. Humbled. Grateful for what we do have. It takes away something in our lives that we enjoy and in a small way connects us to what Jesus went through. Christians believe that this is to represent Jesus Christ’s sacrifice when he went into the desert to pray and fast for the 40 days before later dying on the cross.
In the Bible’s New Testament, while Jesus was there, Satan tempted him to turn away from God and worship him instead, but Jesus refused to, which is why people might give something up, in order to test their own self-discipline too.
This year i am giving up pop and chocolate treats! These are really my only 2 “guilty pleasures” so a sacrifice it will be! My nanny girl told me i should give up coffee but her brother said that was not a good idea. Obviously he was nervous about dealing with me all day with no coffee in my system. He’s a smart boy!