Pancake Day has gone, now it’s time to give something up for lent…for me it tends to be the same thing. I always try to give up chocolate, yet somehow I never stick to it. I guess I have a sweet tooth. But why do Christian’s do lent? What is Lent? Is it another chance to have a go at your new years resolutions? Let’s ask the internet shall we?
“Lent is the period of 40 days which comes before Easter in the Christian calendar. Beginning on Ash Wednesday, Lent is a season of reflection and preparation before the celebrations of Easter. By observing the 40 days of Lent, Christians replicate Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and withdrawal into the desert for 40 days. Lent is marked by fasting, both from food and festivities.” – http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/christianity/holydays/lent_1.shtml
Lent is a time for us Christians to sacrifice something in our lives in reflection of Jesus dying for us. We are preparing ourselves and remembering what Jesus went through before his death. We are looking back at when He got sent to a desert for 40 days which was full of temptation.
But what do we give up? The BBC website says that Lent is marked by fasting, which can either be food or festivities. But can we adapt that to the modern world? A good example is Facebook, we could give up Facebook for 40 days, Or Twitter, Or Instagram, Or even your mobile phone?
My view on Lent is we need to sacrifice something we think we can’t live without, like a phone or a laptop or the TV, or chocolate, take-aways and ready made meals.
So thats my challenge to YOU!
Think of something you think you can’t live without and lock it away for 40 days! Jesus sacrificed EVERYTHING for us and our sins! We can do all things through Christ, so follow Jesus’s example and give up something for 40 days!
GOOD LUCK! And remember, if you are struggling then pray to God or read the bible! You can learn A LOT from that book!!