As a Christian, I want you to challenge yourself during lent season, but in order to that, you must first have an understanding of lent.
Lent is the time in which Jesus was tempted in the desert for 40 days by the devil before he was crucified. (New Testament)
And again when Moses (Old Testament) went on the mountain to get the 10 commandments, where again a fasting occurred for 40 days and nights before as he spoke with Lord.
Read Exodus 34:28
Notice a common theme in both cases:
- We all get tested.
- We may all wander around in the desert before moving forward.
- Although we get tested, being tested is not a reason to fail.
Overall, lent is about drawing closer to God. Typically, it is about giving up something that you love, during the entire season. This is not to punish you, but to help prove to yourself and to show God that He is all you need and all the superficial stuff you have around you is just that. Superficial. You can read my blog here to learn more on spiritual fasting.
Giving up something can come in many forms, food, electronics, negative thinking, or sweets. I personally do not think that God cares what you give up BUT it does need to be meaningful to you so that when you give it up it is struggle and it causes you to be tempted.
I am glad you ask, you want to do it so that you can show that you are the master of your emotions (read my blog here) and that your brain can control your flesh (read my blog here on that). Once you have mastered having will power in the face on temptation, I believe it will strengthen your mind and your spiritual understanding.
So during Lent, I want you to give up something. And every day of lent I challenge you go above and beyond to draw close to God. Click here to view my printable for suggestions. It is not enough to just give up something, but to draw closer to God in the process and to improve yourself as a person. Your goal is to hear from God (click my blog here and here to read more on how to talk to God). And more than anything you want Him to give you direction on your life.
So happy Lent Season.