With Lent fast approaching (next Wednesday, February 6th!), I have been thinking about what I would like/should give up this year. Here are my ideas:
This is probably the hardest thing for me to give up. I go through sugar withdrawals, which means suffering through headaches and intense cravings.
My mom had the whole family give up treats one year for Lent. She went about it in a very strict sort of way. We were not even allowed to have gum or chocolate covered granola bars! We didn't even have Sundays off. It was no sugar for 40 days and 40 nights.
This wouldn't be a problem if I didn't put in 15 hour days every day during the week. When Friday hits, there is nothing more that I want then to get out of school, rush home, and enjoy a Mojito.
Jeff and I have spent the past two Friday nights sipping Mojitos and watching Miami Vice. It really brings you to a warm place...despite the cold weather outside. I don't know if I can give that up!
3. Make a commitment to God to exercise 3-4 days a week
I have heard instead of giving something up, some will pledge to do something instead. I would do this, but I feel like there are selfish motivations behind it...I want a smoking hot bod by summer...not very God-like motivations.
4. Try with all my heart not to swear
I rarely swear and when I do it is more like a reflex than a concious action, so I feel like this isn't a very good idea either.
5. Be Kind to Everyone and Think Happy Thoughts
Again, I feel like I should do this anyway.
I better get back in the drawing room and think of some more ideas!