Yesterday at work, Lent was one of the big topics. Several coworkers were giving up something for Lent as part of their Catholic faith practice. One girl was giving up ice cream while another was giving up soda. For 40 days they give up a luxury or indulgence and sometimes also do something in place of that for 40 days. Whether that’s praying, fasting, focusing on being more kind, etc. I am a Christian, a follower of Christ. I am not Catholic and I definitely do not know a whole lot about Lent. I have never given up anything for Lent. But this got me thinking though about the 40 days that Jesus was here after his death and was tempted by Satan. And how he resisted. Human, yet overcame temptation. Perfect.
If you know me very well at all, you know I have a sweet tooth. Its truly an addiction. I don’t eat candy. I don’t drink soda. But I crave stuff that is sweet. Once I attempted to give up chocolate in order to understand what an addiction was like and by the end of the day I wanted to lie to Johnny about the fact that I shoveled mini chocolate chips into my mouth out of the pantry. I wanted to hide it. I was ashamed that I couldn’t even last one whole day. Kind of ridiculous. Kind of embarrassing honestly. Made me realize its a bit of a problem.
So starting today, for the next 3 days, I am giving up sweets. Not sugar completely, but sweets. No candy, no cookies, no pudding, no ice cream. Nothing that is a dessert of any sort or something that is considered a sweet snack. I will be logging everything I eat on the myfitnesspal app and posting it Saturday night or Sunday. Three days without sweets is a small sacrifice compared to the suffering Jesus went through for us. I am going to focus on that and spend more time in prayer over the next few days.
The temptation is everywhere. But with God all things are possible!
P.S. I have been meaning to share this video for sometime. It’s amazing! I listen to it when I workout. Johnny plays it before his men’s group. The little man listens to it before he hits the mat at a wrestling tournament. Take 3 min out of your day to listen and see if it fires you up! Here it is: “I Will Fight.”
Are you giving up anything for Lent? What’s something that’d be difficult for you? Facebook, soda, fast food?