One well known tradition during the season of Lent is giving something up that challenges you. It is usually a Catholic tradition, but many Christians have taken it up as well. Going to a Catholic school for eight years, and being from A Lutheran/Catholic family, I usually participate in this tradition.
I'm not talking about giving up vegetables, even though that would be quite nice to have 40 days without vegetables… I am talking about giving something up that in the end, tests your will power. While in elementary school, I recall our priest saying the you don't always have to give something up, instead do something that makes you and the people around you better. Give back instead of give up.
So if you want to do something to challenge yourself these next 40 days, here are some suggestions:
- Texting and Driving (but you should really just give that up for good)
- Junk Food
- Volunteer your time
- Be encouraging towards everyone
- Make yourself better (work out daily, focus on eating healthy, focus on positive thoughts, etc)
- Send prayers to those who need it
These are just a few ideas that I have come across. Being a Christian, Lent is such an important season. It is a season of reaffirmation of Faith. Giving up something doesn't make you better than another person, but challenges yourself to be better does make you strive to better yourself as a person.
Just remember all you need is faith the size of a mustard seed, and it can move mountains!
Happy Lent Everyone!