Traditionally Lent is a period of fasting. For most people fasting means going without food for a certain period of time, but because Lent lasts for 40 days this is not advisable. I know of some people who are doing a Daniel fast of fruits and vegetables for Lent and I cheer them on.
Since this is my first time in attempting a fast for this long I am not going to attempt such a drastic change to my way of life. (I usually don’t fast for more than a day when I have fasted in the past, and before you judge me I have blood sugar problems and going more than a day without eating makes me ill.)
Instead I’m going to start with something simple and I’m going to give up soda. For me, soda represents my comfort when I am stressed or not feeling well. Like an alcoholic says that they need a drink when upset, I turn to soda.
But soda should not be my source of comfort so for the next 40 days I want to learn to turn to Christ when I am in need of comfort and when I am feeling stressed.
Now before anyone thinks that I am going cold turkey on this, I do have to admit that I have slowly been lowering the amount of soda that I drink since the beginning of February and replacing that amount with water. I have even gone an occasional day here and there without soda, but now I am making a commitment to give up soda for the next 40 days. And I am praying that at the end of the 40 days I won’t want to drink it at all.
There are 2 other things that I am going to be attempting during Lent.
The first is that I will be reading through the New Testament with Margaret Feinberg’s 40-Day New Testament Challenge.
The second is that I’m planning on reading through a Lenten devotional on the names of Christ called Lord of Glory by Ray Pritchard. At the time I downloaded the book it was free on Amazon.
I am using these two things to help me replace the need for finding comfort in a bottle of Coke with the need to find my comfort in the Lord.
The Lord should be the source of my strength and comfort, not the things of this world.