We are embarking on a 40-day journey that we call Lent. It’s a time where we prepare for Easter and focus on the life of Christ.
A big part of Lent is the practice of self-denial – giving something up for 40 days. Self-denial can look like a lot of different things. Sometimes, it means fasting from food. Other times it means giving up something else you find important. It could be anything – soda, Netflix, hitting the snooze button, etc.
We give something up because it mirrors Christ’s fasting in the wilderness for 40 days. It also helps us see just how much we depend on Christ, and it allows us to focus more clearly on him. When you give something up, you begin to realize how Christ fills the most important needs in your life.
Now, there’s no requirement to give up something for Lent, but we would encourage you to try it. If it’s your first time, start somewhere realistic that will still stretch you. Whatever you decide to do, we pray that this Lent you would grow closer to Christ and deepen your relationship with him.