Do you give anything up, or take something up, for Lent?
Lent starts on Ash Wednesday, which is the day after Shrove Tuesday, or Pancake Day, and falls next Wednesday (18th February) this year. It is traditionally the 6-week Christian preparation period leading up to Easter.
All sorts of people give things up – chocolate, cake, biscuits, even facebook – or take things up – like doing this 40 acts challenge – for Lent. Some years I would give up chocolate. It was worth giving it up because at the end of Lent I’d have a mountain of Easter eggs to gorge on.
I’ve been thinking long and hard about giving you this challenge. I had a photo taken and everything in order to challenge my readers to give up sugar for Lent. I had a draft post listing the advantages of doing so. I had links to my favourite sugar free recipes.
And then I decided that actually, whilst it might be interesting and potentially life-changing to give up sugar, it would be even more interesting and potentially life-changing if you read about Jesus’ life and works leading up to the first Easter.
So, by all means give the no sugar thing a whirl, but my real challenge to you is to read one of the accounts of Jesus’ life this Lent and find out why Easter is so important to Christians. Maybe you have a Bible lying around at home, or one of those red Gideon New Testament & Psalms. Pick it up and have a read of Matthew, Mark, Luke or John’s account of Jesus’ life. Or read them all! You can read Mark’s gospel online here. Find out what Easter is really about. It might just change your life.