Do you observe Lent?

I’ve had a number of people tell me lately what they are giving up for Lent. When they ask me what I am giving up for Lent, I’m reluctant to answer. Partly because my Lenten commitments are personal. Mostly because I find a lot of people have the wrong idea about giving something up for Lent. Eugene Cho has some excellent thoughts on this in a post titled, “I didn’t ask you to give up coffee. I asked you to surrender your life.” – God

Do you observe Lent?

And if so, are you giving something up for Lent?  What and Why?

I appreciate the Lenten season for many and various reasons. This year, I’m choosing – along with some other things – to give up “coffee” during the Lent season. Trust me, for someone that runs a cafe, has his offices in a cafe, and has access to free Stumptown coffee whenever I want, this will certainly be a “test” of self-denial.

But even after acknowledging that I  myself am “giving up” coffee during Lent, I’m ambivalent and reticent about how vogue or easy it is to give something up during Lent. Umm, especially when it’s something like… read more

How has giving something up for Lent impacted your walk with Christ?