The 3 Things I’m Not Giving Up for Lent

That’s right. The 3 things I’m NOT giving up for Lent.

1. Facebook – I can’t. Facebook is my job. Literally. Or at least part of my job!

2. Coffee – I thought about giving up coffee and every morning as I long for my coffee I can be reminded to reflect upon the cross… And let’s be honest – I’d just replace it with tea.
3. Sugar – I can’t give up sugar with pure motives. Giving up sugar for me would be entirely for the wrong reasons.  It would have nothing to do with Jesus and everything to do with wanting a flat belly.
 
The trends of what people give up for Lent are fascinating to me. Barna wrote a really interest article about Lent that is definitely worth checking out. You can find it here.  However people going so public with their fasts is a little bit concerning to me.
 
Matthew 6:16-18
When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and to your Father, who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
 
Don’t get the wrong idea. I believe that Lent is a valuable and important tradition.  But is it really necessary to tell the Twitter and Facebook world what you’re giving up? 
 
This year, instead of not doing something I’m going to DO something.  Do I have a plan? Kind of. Am I going to tell you about it? No. My hope is that during this season the evidence of the cross will shine brighter than it did a month or a year ago. 
 
Whether you choose to fast from something or do something out of the ordinary this season or keep on living like you’re living everyday, it all boils down to what’s in our hearts.  Daily we must humbly recognize our need for a Savior and allow His grace to transform us more and more into His image. I hope that this Lenten season is a time of reflection and celebration of the every growing impact the Cross has made and is making and will make in your life.
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