So, what is Lent anyway? Basically it is the 40 days (46 if you count Sundays) that lead up to Easter. Easter is the time when Christians celebrate the fact that Jesus, although he was killed, rose from the grave and through his sacrifice of death, sets us free to have eternal life.
It is traditional to give something up during Lent. For me there are three main reasons.
#1 Everytime I think of doing the thing I gave up, it reminds me to spend time with God
#2 If I give up something that takes time like facebook (which I gave up last year) it frees up time to spend with God and/or helping others.
#3 Giving something up that is a sacrifice reminds me of the sacrifice that Jesus made for me
Lent doesn't mean I have to do it. It is something I choose to do. It is an exercise in faith leading up to the celebration of Jesus's ultimate sacrifice and victory. Plus it gives me an opportunity to improve myself and become closer to what God wants me to be.
Now, if you are still reading all this...
I was having trouble thinking of what I wanted to give up and a good friend had a suggestion...why don't I give, instead of give up. So, for the next 46 days, I am going to do what every Christian is supposed to do every day. Love others and do what I can to help. The main difference is that I am making an intentional goal to help at least one person per day. I am praying each morning for God to reveal those in my path that need something I can give.
Stay tuned! I have a feeling this is going to be one AMAZING journey!