Welcome back to the 5 after 5! After a long week come and share your list of 5! Each week we will have a new topic for the following Saturday! So think of your great 5 After 5 List and come link up with us! This week is 5 Things to give up for lent.
I’m not Catholic or come from a Protestant church the observes Lent. I have definitely heard of it and knew a little bit about Lent that people give up things for Lent but I decide to at least google it to get a little bit better of an idea.
The Lenten season is a time when many Christians observe a period of fasting, repentance, moderation, self-denial and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.
The purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer, doing penance, repentance of sins, almsgiving, atonement, and self-denial. This event is observed by Christians in the Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, and Roman Catholic Churches.
Not being Catholic I don’t practice the above such as penance and self-denial (as in I need to still whip my back as monks use to because of being unworthy). In and of my self I am unworthy! I can attest to that everyday. But Through Christ sacrifice it has all be paid for and I rest in HIS Salvation not it what I do or what I should do. As Jesus himself said on the Cross It Is Finished. He paid it all for me and it is finished there is nothing else I need “to do.” He as finished it and I have accepted His Salvation offered to ALL who shall believe.
But should Protestants practice Lent? as stated above it is a time for Christians to take time to reflect on what Christ has done for us. One thing Catholics have a little bit more of I believe is Tradition, Memorials. We see that in the Old Testament. I think that taking a specific time of the year to reflect on God’s great gift of Salvation is good. It is really something we should be doing everyday. Not just on Sunday Morning when we go and sit in a pew.
5 Things I Would Give up for Lent
In today’s world Social Media has become quite a necessary evil as I kinda have labeled it. I have cut back on Social Media a lot over the last few months and it has been awesome. You don’t realize how addicting it is or how much time is spent on it until you give it up (or cut back). What better way to gain some extra time to spend with the Lord than time you would be on a Social Media platform.
I have realized over the last year as we have switched to a Traditional Whole Food diet how much food effect you! Your mood, your energy level and sooo much more.
This one kinda ties in to the one above.
We really don’t watch TV around here or even a lot of movies. So I guess I would give up reading fiction…. but probably not! Totally being honest here. But I would try to find a devotional book appropriate for the holiday.
I would give up some of my “me time” to spend extra time in Pray and Bible Reading. I would also spend more time with my loved ones. What better way to show the Love of Christ that to shower others with Love.
What would you give up for lent?
Next Week Topic is Favorite Meals as a Child!
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