I have given up some crazy stuff for Lent. I always use it as a way to make a statement or try to make me better in someway. (BTW, I don’t just give something up, I normally also try to do something good for myself or others for 40 days..i.e. extra volunteer hours, weekly manicures…something that forces me to be kind to myself or unselfish with my time.)
In 2001, after I had been living in this winter wonderland for just over a year I saw soooooo tired of my big black heavy wool winter coat. When Lent hit I decided to give up my Winter Jacket. I believed that wearing a winter coat for 6 months out of a year was wrong (it was a particularly brutal winter and I was just getting used to actually having winter). So, I gave up my winter jacket with the hope that God would bring some warmth so I didn’t freeze. I learned my lesson; I froze my butt off for 40 days and learned my lesson.
A few years ago I gave up blackberry-ing in the car. Yes I am embarrassed to admit this one…but it just slowly creped up on me. I would be sitting at a light and think…hmmm, I should check my email. It starts with just checking your email at a light…then it turns into writing a quick response at a light. I realized this was a habit I had to break…for your safety and mine. It was hard, but I was able to break a little of that crackberry addiction.
This year I am going big. I am giving up wine (at home) and caffeine (red bull). (I don’t really drink sodas so the caffeine is really aimed at my Red Bull problem). Why is this big? Because I only drink three things, water, wine and sugar free red bull. I have gotten myself into a nice little habit of having a glass or two of wine almost every night with dinner. I know this is how the Europeans do it and it is suppose to be good for the heart. However, I can just feel how it drags my body down. I have also been drinking sugar free red bull about 3 or 4 mornings a week. Lent started on Wednesday and by Friday I was DYING at work without my Red Bull.
What did yall give up?