Lenten Sacrifice

I gave it up for Lent.  It is almost cliche anymore isn’t it?  I don’t care I still give something up for Lent.   There are two approaches that I have taken to the Lenten sacrifice and they both seem to work well. The first is to give up something I enjoy, just for the sake of a little bit self-mortification. The other is to give up a bad habit.  Overall I favor the first method.

Lent is a time of fasting and introspection.  Ideally it is a time to dwell closer to God in preparation for Easter.  By giving something up, usually something that I would do every day, I help remind myself frequently of the reality of Lent.  In years past I have given up Chocolate, coffee, internet “play time”, television and other things that I know I will miss everyday.   Each time where I would have reached for the coffee or flicked on the TV I am reminded that for this short time I am doing something else, focusing on my Savior more deeply.

I have tried to use Lent to help jump-start getting rid of bad habits, but I find that this is slightly less “doable”.  Mainly because it somehow doesn’t feel like much of a sacrifice somehow.  The other problem is that I find myself falling off the wagon as soon as Lent is over.