As far as I can remember, I have never participated in Lent and the process of giving up something for the time between Ash Wednesday & Easter Sunday! But, this year will be different. This year I plan to give up sodas, and I am going to try to quit smoking. I do not like the word "quit" though. So, I am going to try to stop smoking, indefinitely!
The reason I chose the two things are because I feel they are weighing me down and holding me back from Jesus. Instead of relying on the Lord, I have become addicted to items that are bad for my health and my religion.
I want to become a stronger person, individual, and Christian. I want to crave the Lord not sodas or cigarettes. I want to live my life to the fullest, without anything holding me down. Cigarettes and soda are ruining my health, which is ruining my progress to become a stronger person and Christian.
Lent is the time to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus! It is a time to pray, as Jesus did, while removing items from your life that are holding you back. During this time, I will try to pray and read the Bible several times throughout the day, while giving up items that are holding me back in my life. In addition, I plan to clean and get rid of items that are old and not needed anymore. I believe that by committing to Lent and sacrificing items, I will become more in tune with the Lord and His will in my life.