Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. The ever present question of "What are you giving up?"
My response is usually something along the lines of, "Um, I grew up Methodist. We don't really do that. Isn't that a Catholic thing?"
But for me the underlying thought has always been, WHY? Why give up chocolate or coffee? There are obvious reasons- self-denial and discipline are two that instantly come to mind for me. Consequently both of those are things I really suck at and could definitely need more practice...
But I've always perceived Lent as a time to prepare yourself for the awesome experience of Easter. To grow closer to God. To me, I don't feel or see the rational of giving up chocolate and growing closer to God.
All that being said.... This year, I gave up Nutella. I do need more self-discipline, I believe Christ was very self-disciplined and I desire to be more like Christ. (And on a side note: that stuff is seriously sabotaging my diet.)
I've decided to cut down on my Twitter/FB time, especially while the kiddos are awake so I can be more "present." (@melissity made a good point when she quit Twitter for Lent, sharing @OurLittleAshley's post as her inspiration.)
But, the big things that I have committed to are DOING things during Lent.
#1 Exercising every day. My body is a temple if the Lord's. And I abuse it. Not horribly with drugs, alcohol, smoking. But I do- laziness and sugar being my main enemies.
#2 Every day I am reading my Bible & a Christian thought book (first up is Moments Together which came recommended from my mom, after that I have a few to choose from- we'll see how many I finish in 40 days.)
And today a friend shared this. And I couldn't agree more. Yes, I gave something up for Lent, but what am I giving? That is the real question for me.