Did you give up something for Lent?
If yes: What is it, and why do you think it's important?
I gave up something, but it may be seen as cheating. I gave up being so hard on myself. I am a pastor of a small rural church and a lot falls on my shoulders. I decided that this Lent I am going to do something to make myself a better person all around, with the intent of continuing it afterwards. So I am going to be easier on my failings and short comings. I am going to spend less time worrying about how I could have done or said something better. This, I am sure, will bring me closer to God and those I serve.
We do not follow the practices of Lent in our church and I have never attended a church that did. But our church calls a 21-day fast at the beginning of the year. That sets the tone for the rest of the year. Fasting, as opposed to giving something up, is a Biblical mandate. Jesus said, "When you fast", not "When you give up TV, or smoking, or sweets...". But when we fast we also need to spend more time in prayer and reading the Bible, otherwise it is of little value other than physical. In that sense it's more about what we add than what we give up. The discipline of fasting should be about getting closer to God. I have known people who gave up sweets for Lent but never saw any inclination to get closer to the Lord. It was simply a duty carried out rather than a love (of God) pursued.
@Diane Stephenson. I love your answer. I think we should use every opportunity to get closer to God. The lenten season, coming so soon after the holidays, is a good time for us to do some internal cleansing, both physically and spiritually. The best way to do the first is, of course, through fasting. For the second, it's prayer and Bible study. In years gone by I've done different types of fasting, including the Daniel fast. This year I don't plan to fast, but I definitely plan to give something up - and that is worrying. With more prayer and immersing myself in the Word I should be able to kick the habit.
I did not give up anything for lent but I did commit to 2 mile daily power walking for Lent. It feels great. Does that count?
No, the Bible makes no mention of Lent. It is man-made doctrine.
by pettidee456 8 years ago
Do Fasting For God draw us closer to God?
by mikielikie 8 years ago
So why do Catholics give up something for lent?I just wanted to know.
by recommend1 7 years ago
The fasting and dedication to Islam at Ramadan is admirable and also makes that faith very real I would guess.If this was a required activity for todays christians I would suspect that it would reduce their numbers to less than 10%
by Jennifer Mugrage 2 years ago
Christians, what are you doing for Lent? How is it helping you grow closer to Christ?
by gabgirl12 7 years ago
If God is omnipresent, why do you say you need to get 'closer' to him like he's far away? If you accept Jesus into your heart, getting closer to him invalidates the moment of conversion.
by LailaK 7 years ago
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