Posted by Stan Rodda
I have never done anything for Lent. Never fasted. Never sacrificed anything. Nada. Zip. Zero. Zilch.
I always thought Lent was some weird holiday for Catholics (just being honest here). But it’s more than that. Lent is simply a time of preparation. It’s a 40 day preparation, leading up to the Holy Week (the week of Jesus’ death and resurrection).
I was out running tonight with a group of guys. I get together with them once a week (at least). We workout, run and even study together. It’s a great group. Tonight, we ended up on the subject of Lent. One of the guys in our group basically said, “We should do it. We should sacrifice something for Lent.” So, we decided to go for it.
Since Lent is a time of preparation through sacrifice, we will each be sacrificing something to God for 40 days. Each guy chose something that would be difficult for him to give up. The idea being that it would be something difficult, a challenge, something that would really be a sacrifice. One guy chose sweets, and another chose Mountain Dew.
What about me? I wasn’t sure what to give up. I was stuck.
So I went to my ever faithful wife and asked her what she thought. When I asked her to make it tough, I had no idea how tough she was going to go. Still, it’s a great challenge and I’m going to go forward with it.
For 40 days, I’m going to give up social media! (Isn’t she brutal?)
I’m exempting my blog from this fast/sacrifice. All other social media will go. Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, Tumblr, Path, etc. 40 days. All gone. No comments. No posts. No status updates. No picture posts. Nothing.
My goal is to spend the time I would usually be on social media, reading Scripture, praying and clinging to God as Easter approaches.
So, there you have it. Lent 2011 – no social media!
What do you think about Lent?
Will you be sacrificing anything this year?