Let me start with being completely honest with you: Rachel and I are giving up meat for Lent, except for the week of vacation we have planned beginning this Sunday. If you are strongly legalistic, there is no point in your reading further.
It seems from discussions I’ve had with friends and colleagues that Lent has a bit more momentum lately. ore people are taking time and prayer to consider what they might give up or do especially during Lent.
For this post, I’m categorizing things given up for Lent into two categories. The first category is things that ought to be given up. For the clearest example of this, some people I know are giving up smoking. Their intent is to focus this season on walking away from smoking so that they will never return.
The second category is those things given up for the season more as a practice of discipline. Our giving up meat is not intended as a precursor for going completely vegetarian. A friend is giving up Diet Coke – I don’t know if she hopes to never drink another, or just not until after Easter.
Whichever category you have made your Lenten focus, there is much good to be had from the practice. We all have things, habits, tendencies we should leave behind. But we all also have things in our lives whose main danger for us is when the desire or craving grows out of proportion.
What are you doing or un-doing for Lent? Into which category would you place this?