Is it just me or has celebrating Lent become the cool thing to do? It seems like everyone is giving up something – sugar, french fries, soft drinks, facebook, twitter, blogging.
A few years ago, a co-worker proudly declared that she was going to give up fried pickles – “why fried pickles” I asked, “just because” she replied. I love me some fried pickles, but it seems a little ridiculous to think that cutting them out of my diet for 40 days is going to change anything about me – not my weight, and certainly not my faith.
I totally support the idea of having a season of sacrifice to draw closer to God, but candidly it seems like a lot of people have jumped on the Lent bandwagon and aren’t contemplating “the reason for the season.” (I know, cheesy phrase, but it gets my point across.) Is Lent just a great excuse to resurrect the things my failed New Years’ resolutions? (And I do have a few.)
How are you celebrating Lent? Are you restricting yourself or adding new disciplines?