Thursday, February 26, 2009

Giving Up...

I have heard it said that you shouldn't tell other people what you are giving up for Lent. I'm guessing the reasoning is tied in to the part in the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus continually warns against doing your spiritual acts in public. He says this is what the hypocrites do, and they have received their reward in full.

I'm not quite sure this logic holds, though. For if one decides to give something up and makes it known this person is, in effect, announcing a source of weakness. Or, at the very least, making it known that there is at least something preventing that person from devoting their life fully to God.

Here I am, weak and out of control. Or, perhaps, taking too much control of my life instead of allowing God to guide. I'll spare you the Jesus Take the Wheel speech, but you get the drift.

I have given up coffee. Which, I am discovering, can be quite a bitch to give up. There is no other vice I have that tells my body how much I have grown dependent on it once it has been given up.

I am also trying to be more intentional about getting work done. Thus, the abrubt ending to this post...


Patrick said...

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Jason said...

I did that one year and ended up drinking a lot of dr. pepper to compensate for the caffeine.

Perhaps giving up caffeine would be a better idea.

Craig said...

I have given up coffee and soft drinks. If I eat out I limit myself to one glass of sweet tea.

Now don't you wish you were as sprititual as I am?

J.T. said...

HA! I gave up coffee last year, and just ended up drinking enough Hot Chocolate to choke a Swiss Miss.

Makes one wonder about the implications of just replacing one sin, or vice, or addiction with another.

Good luck.
Grace + Peace!