What Lent Means To Me
Today is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. If you don’t know, Lent is the 40 days leading up to Easter in which Christians typically give something up in a symbolic gesture to identify with the sacrifice of His life that Jesus gave. Growing up, I was always told in place of the thing that we are giving up, we should take that time to pray to thank God for His sacrifice.
Lent means different things to different people. Some just use it as an excuse to stop doing something that isn’t good for them. And I am sure in years past I was probably one of those people, doing the act without really thinking about the meaning behind it. But this year, I wanted to do something really challenging (at least to me) and meaningful in a deeper way. I decided that I am giving up meat and fish for Lent. I will still eat eggs and cheese (not doing the vegan thing) but I’ll be giving up Chick-Fil-A, spicy tuna sushi rolls and pretty much barbeque altogether (is there anything at 4Rivers that is vegetarian??) to name just a few of my favorite meaty foods. I am not only giving up meat but will also try to use this time to read the Bible more and really contemplate the agony that Jesus went through during His crucifixion and subsequent sacrifice of His life.
I am by no means a theologian and know I can never completely understand the implications of Jesus’ death and resurrection. However, Jesus’ sacrifice is more real and beautiful to me now then I think it ever has been. And I can use my simple life as a testament to what I believe and maybe help guide people to find truth in their own lives. Anything that I could give up pales in comparison to what Jesus gave but it is my way of saying that what He did 2000 years ago is still relevant to my life today. And that is what Lent means to me.
Is anyone out there in the blogosphere giving something up for Lent? Share with me what you’re giving up and why.