I always thought giving something up for Lent meant getting rid of excess filth in my life. Maybe a "worldly" sin that is o.k. out here in mainstream America, but is on God's list of "no no's."
Cussing, alcohol, chocolate, and television all usually rank in the top five.
I used to think that it was about giving something up because that is the kind of God that God happens to be.
He just wants us to be less pampered - not to get too comfortable down here, right? After all, Jesus told the rich man that he had to sell all he owned and give it to the poor in order to get into the kingdom of heaven.
That has to be it, right? Hmmm...
We aren't Catholic, but this year I read several opinions regarding Lent and how it is not just giving up something without real purpose behind it - just to turn around and pig out on it come Easter morn.
It is, however, an opportunity to make some much needed room in our busy lives for God.
The point is to sacrifice something that would be constantly missed from our lives for forty days. We are not to substitute it with something else but to allow that time, craving, and desire to be steered toward seeking the One who created it all.
Hubby and I are individually refraining from some things that we will definitely miss. But honestly, we have some pretty big things that we are waiting on God for.
We are craving some answers and direction in very specific areas of
And we definitely need to make room for Him.