I consider myself a Christian, but I haven't heard Lent mentioned at my church. When I was Catholic, I always forgot to give something up. If asked by one of the nuns, or my Grandmother, I scrambled and always came up with an answer like ice cream.
But a life without ice cream is like darkness and chaos, and I'm sure no God to whom I pray would ever want me to live that way.
So, this year, I've decided to give up the following:
- Too much TV
- Avoiding the gym
- Too much junk food
- Paying attention to unkind words of others
- Rejection (in other words, I'm giving up caring when others reject me)
- Being too hard on myself
- Being too hard on others
Can you imagine what the world would be like if everyone gave up judgment, lying, feeling bad and (nonconstructive) criticism for forty whole days?