Tomorrow is the beginning of lent. If you haven't decided what you're giving up you have nine hours and thirty six minutes at the time of me writing (GMT of course). However, I have been thinking about Lent and what it means and why you should do it.
The forty days of Lent is due to Jesus being in the desert for forty days before the start of his ministry. Here is was tested in various ways by the devil. If you want to read what the Bible says then you can click here. In the days of old they use to give up all luxury foods and fast like Jesus did, but now we mostly give up chocolate or something like that. My question to you is why do it and what should a fast be like?
Well, Jesus did it to prepare himself and to be tested by the devil. We learn that you cannot just live on food alone and need Jesus, but also that we should serve the Lord only. During this time we should not, as Rachael put it, 'get rid of the Christmas weight', but sort out our priorities before God. If there is something that we put above serving and worshipping God this is the time to sort it out. For me, it is time. I'm always thinking 'I haven't the time to read the Bible, etc.', when I do. So I'm dedicating an hour every day to spending time with God.
So I want to know if you're giving up anything, what it is, and why.