The season of Lent is almost upon us. For all of my Christians out there that participate in Lent, what will you be giving up? And for those of you who don’t know about Lent or even the connection of Fat Tuesday, here it is. 🙂
Before I get into that, let me say this right quick. As I was researching and writing this piece, I looked up Lent and Fat Tuesday’s origins, and they all mentioned something about Pagan and Anglo Saxon…
Yes, a lot of the holidays and things we practice in relation to Christianity are based off of Pagan traditions…which I knew, but no matter how much I know this, it always hits the same. They always have to taint something.
BUT FOR MY PURPOSES AND WHAT I BELIEVE…..
Lent is a season of symbolic sacrifice for many Christians around the world. It is a 40 day period that represents the 40 days that Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness as he prepared to die for the world’s sins. This symbolic time is taken to fast, re-evaluate yourself, sacrifice some of your daily indulgences in order to become closer with God. The Last day of Lent is Resurrection Sunday a.k.a. Easter. Lent is partially the reason, why many Christians indulge in grandiose meals on Easter Sunday.
Fat Tuesday is the day before Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is the day of the year that you may see people leaving churches with Palm ash in the shape of a cross on their foreheads. It signifies the start of the Lent season. But before this, Fat Tuesday is a tradition to stuff your self with all of your guilty pleasures in preparation before you give them up for 40 days! I know, for sure, that I’ll be eating all types of processed foods today!
When I was kid, I remember I use to be so strict in following my sacrifices. I remember I gave up all fried foods for Lent at like age 10. This was back when McDonald’s was every kid’s go – to meal. But over time as an adult, it seems like it’s gotten harder and harder to follow. But this time around I’m really going to take it serious.
I’ve been kind of going through aa test in life as of late but I know that God has been with me every step of the way. I want this to be the season that cracks into my breakthrough. But in order to receive my full blessing I know that God wants to see my full commitment to him as he has shown to me. So boom! I’m going to share with you all what I’ll be doing for these 40 days and why. And even if you are not a Christian, I hope that this piece allows you to see an interesting practice of another religion, not even to convert but to intrigue you.
– No Processed Foods – True Life: I’m addicted to cookies, junk food etc. I have to cleanse myself of food that not only harms my body, but my mind. I need to think clear.
– Drinking Only Water (Besides the day of this pool party I’m going to lol) – Sometimes I can over indulge on wine. I need to be able to think clearly and also sodas are not good for me. Sugar gives me a rush similar to processed foods, like an addiction.
– No Social Media except for posting on the Naveszn.Official account 2x a day or for articles that are written on the site. – I am honestly obsessed with Instagram and Twitter. It has gotten to the point where it takes up half of my days, sometimes. That sounds scary but it’s true. I need a break.
– Prayer/meditation 3x a day – I want to build my spiritual muscles as I build my muscles in the gym. In order to connect and hear God, we must train ourselves to listen in our spirit. Meditation is the Key.
– Exercise every day – In order for me to love myself I want to feel good about myself when I look in the mirror. If no one else can hold me accountable for going to the gym, hopefully God can. (lol)
Not only does Lent help you get your relationship with God right, but it allows you to cleanse and get yourself right as well. You can’t go into the next phase of your blessing, living the same way that you did before. My goal is to renew my body, mind and soul. A period of total transformation.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. – Romans 12:2
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