Yesterday was Ash Wednesday and some of my friends and I started talking about Lent. Lent is the six weeks before Easter. Growing up Catholic, I was taught that Lent is a time to remember the suffering that Jesus went through for us. Since Jesus did not eat or drink for forty days, by giving up the things that are important to us, we are in a small way imitating what he did for us. We are also showing sorrow for our sins.
I should make this clear before I continue on; this post is NOT in any way to impose my religious views on anyone. I stopped going to Catholic school in fourth grade.
What I find interesting is what we actually talked about. We did not talk about Jesus or his resurrection, instead we talked about what we were giving up for Lent. Do you know what I am giving up? Sweets. I am guilty of using Lent as a excuse to give up a guilty pleasure. One by one we went around the table and said what we were giving up. Here was our list: Sweets, chips, 2 pieces of chocolate a day and coffee. Wow!
I did have one friend who sent a text saying they were going to do nice things for people for the next 40 days. I thought that was a honorable thing to do. Totally wish I had thought of it first. It would have sounded way better then “I’m giving up sweets.”.
I think maybe I will spend the next 39 days working on not being so shallow. And not eating sweets!
Have a great day everyone.
If you had to give up one thing, what would it be?