To me Lent is a season of fasting and prayer. No meat on Fridays was strictly enforced in my house. As an adult, I admit -- very hard to remember to do this. I have so many memories from growing up and going to eat at The Fish Market in Birmingham on Friday nights with my mom and stepdad or making my Dad and stepmom cater to my needs with a cheese pizza.
I have given up so many things over the years. Some have been very major and some not so big! As a child, I never really gave up anything too big. But as I grew older and understood the importance of fasting it became more evident that I really did need to give up things that were measurable and were things that I enjoyed. I have given up drinking soft drinks many times (caffeine is my vice!) and I even gave up caffeine once, too (no sweet tea or coffee). I have given up meat (yes, ALL meat) for 40 days and gave up ALL sweets, too. Oh and did I mention one of my most major ones was giving up beer! It was a strug for sure as this was during college.
This year I am going to be on a cruise during lent and have had a struggle figuring out what to give up. I know I will want to have sweets on the cruise, eat plenty of meat and fish, drink a toddy, etc. I often find it really hard to give up non-tangible things like "cussing" or "gossiping" because it's really hard to control those things. What is considered a cuss word? What's considered gossiping? What happens if you catch yourself doing it? I feel like giving up a tangible good is easier to enforce!
I have decided to give up ALL FAST FOOD!
And dare I say it, NO CHICK-FIL-A!
Cheers to having a healthier body, mind and spirit!
What are YOU giving up for Lent?