Starting tomorrow I will be participating in something called Lent.
Lent in the Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.
Why should I participate in this journey?
This is a season of self-denial and I think it will be truly rewarding. People I have talked to that have done it in the past say that that it is very amazing experience and especially helps you have a better perspective and appreciation on Easter Sunday.
Ideas of things to "Give Up"
Internet, for pleasure
Shopping, for pleasure
I am giving up Soda and Sweets because those are my two biggest weakness. I realize it will be hard but I have to remember that the things I am giving up are very little, particularly nothing compared to what Jesus sacrificed. I encourage others to celebrate our wonderful Savior's love with me :)
God Bless :)