Easter is only about four weeks away. But I was rather immersed in a huge project for the first couple weeks of the Lenten season.
Specifically, Lent links up with Jesus' time in the wilderness when He fasted for 40 days and was tempted three times by Satan but resisted.
Historically, Lent has been a season of fasting. From meat or foods. My daughter decided to give up Ramen Noodles for Lent this year. Are you giggling at that? She LOVES noodles. She's been eating a pack nearly every day after school for months. (Yes, that panics this nutrition-focused mother.) But on her own she decided to give them up for Lent.
Contemporarily, people give up all kinds of things for Lent. TV. Shopping. Chocolate. Facebook. You name it - whatever makes them happy. One thing that makes me happy on a daily basis is my iPod. So I am giving up my iPod for Lent.
When on the treadmill for the next several weeks I will forgo the music that makes me run faster and longer. And focus my thoughts on Christ instead. When working from a coffee shop, I will not have ear buds in. I'm not giving up music per say, but use of my iPod.
I realize this is no earth-moving sacrifice, but it's a start. And it's what I came up with today when I began to think about how I could demonstrate to Christ my sorrow and appreciation for what He endured for me. Thomas A. Kempis wrote, "Nothing, how little so ever it be, if it is suffered for God's sake, can pass without merit in the sight of God."
Besides, those who know me well, know my affinity for my favorite music.
Lent is intended to be a season of soul-searching and repentance. It's observed mostly by Catholic and Orthodox churches, but it's also observed by individuals looking to draw closer to Christ in the Easter season through prayer, repentance, giving and self-denial.
What about you, are you giving anything up for Lent?