ReLENT for Lent: What Are You Giving Up?

Lent is here! I am not Catholic but I do plan on observing Lent. According to the United Methodist Church, “Lent is a time of repentance, fasting and preparation for the coming of Easter,” and is “a time of self-examination and reflection.” I like observing Lent because it means that I have to give up something that is taking my attention away from the Christian journey, away from Christ and my devotion to Him. If you are practicing Lent it’s important to give up the things in life that would be somewhat of a sacrifice to not have for a month and a half. It might be more important, however, to increase other activities that reflect upon and improve your faith and allow for spiritual growth.

Now this requires “discipline.”  Discipline through fasting, praying, and/or giving. You should reflect on Christ’s teachings to live them out more fully once this time period is over. It’s sometimes helpful to view Lent as a season of “soul-searching,” repentance (asking for forgiveness), reflection (meditation), and sacrifice. For a lot of people, they ask themselves the question: “What to give up for Lent?” When you give up something for Lent, you help develop your spiritual nature, grow closer to Christ, and realize all that He has given up for us. It’s not always about giving up something for Lent. Sometimes, it’s about doing something extra—something you wouldn’t normally do—in preparation for Easter.

We sacrifice, give things up for Lent, and take on new practices in exchange for the greatest sacrifice known to humanity. We get the opportunity to learn self-control and to improve our lives as Christians. As we give things up for Lent, we’re really finding things that are taking away from our love of Christ and giving them up so that we may improve our lives, the lives of those around us, and our relationship with the Lord.

Here are some common things that people give up for Lent –

  1. Caffeine
  2. Facebook/Social Media
  3. Sex
  4. TV
  5. Soda
  6. Alcohol
  7. Sugar/Sweets
  8. Shopping
  9. Email
  10. Meat
  11. Makeup
  12. Snooze button
  13. Cursing
  14. Smoking
  15. Chocolate


Here are some things that people give (meaning they do for others) during Lent –

  1. Write letters
  2. Volunteer
  3. Exercise
  4. Read the Bible more
  5. Meditate
  6. Study
  7. Attend church
  8. Give away some of your belongings to those less fortunate
  9. Practice being a better friend
  10. Spend more time with family


But don’t forget that kids can participate too! Click here to read more about RAK.

I’ve decided to sacrifice television for Lent. Not completely, but I’ll definitely be cutting down the amount of TV I watch, dedicating more of that time to quiet worship & reading the Bible. I’ll be posting periodically throughout the Lenten season, so stay tuned!


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