Wondering What to Give up for Lent? If you are looking for things to give up for Lent, you’ve come to the right place.
Lent is the season leading up to Easter. You and your family should celebrate Lent and teach your kids to take part in it, as well. These 12 ideas for Lent are for you & your family to help you decide what to give up for Lent this year. There are many things that you can give up for Lent.
WHAT IS LENT?
“Lent is a time of repentance, fasting, and preparation for the coming of Easter.” It is a time of self-examination and reflection. In the early church, Lent was a time to prepare new converts for baptism.
Why do we give up things for Lent?
Today, Christians focus on their relationship with God, often choosing to give up something or volunteering and giving of themselves for others. The forty days represents the time Jesus spent in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satan.”
It begins on Ash Wednesday March 6, 2019 and ends on Holy Saturday, April 20, 2019, the day before Easter. This is when most people ask themselves “What should I give up for Lent?” or when people find themselves asking others… “What are some good things to give up for Lent?”
WHAT IS ASH WEDNESDAY?
“The distribution of ashes reminds us of our own mortality and calls us to repentance.” In the early Church, Ash Wednesday was the day on which those who had sinned, and who wished to be readmitted to the Church, would begin their public penance.
Now, the ashes that we receive are a reminder of our own sinfulness, and many people that receive them will leave them on their foreheads all day as a sign of humility.
Fasting is done on Ash Wednesday. There are certain things that you can eat/not eat during Lent, like refraining from eating meat, which is done on Fridays and Ash Wednesday. You also will try to refrain from what you gave up for Lent.
I can remember walking around our high school, and talking with my friends about what to give up for Lent. Today, that conversation still happens. It is great to have support from friends during Lent, you need a support system.
Here are my dozen of ideas to give up for Lent:
What to give up for Lent — If you want what to give up for Lent… start here with these 12 ideas of what to give up for Lent. I have also added in some ideas of what you can ADD or DO for Lent, to better yourself and help others.
- Don’t buy anything that you don’t NEED.
If you can live without it, you don’t need it. Give it up for Lent. Put the money that you would have spent into a jar. You will be surprised at how quickly you build up your savings. Be sure to look at how much you saved after the 40 days & put some into savings, but donate the rest.
- Throw Away 40 things for 40 days.
Every day, you walk around your house and collect 40 things to donate or throw away… every day, until Lent ends. (Try donating, because you are helping others). A friend of mine did this two years ago and was very successful and felt great, she grew and helped others, too.
- 40 Days of Home Organization, that speaks for itself.
- No Gossiping.
Give up gossiping for Lent. That means you cannot do any gossiping. None! If someone says something negative about another person, either say something nice or don’t say anything at all. You would think this is going to be SO easy, but when you can’t say anything negative about anyone else, you realize how often it happens, sadly.
- No eating after dinner
This one is hard for me, so it really makes me think about Lent because I can see just a glimpse of how Jesus struggled when he was hungry. I eat most of my snacks in the evening when I am watching TV.
- Give up Soda for Lent
- Say 3 nice things to your spouse & kids daily.
You may think this is easy, but try to say things that aren’t the normal “Thanks” or “You look nice.” or “Good job.” Try to do 3 out-of-the-box things during Lent this year …“I love how you always help the kids.” or “I love how you work hard on your homework, even when it is tough tonight. You are a hard worker.”
- Don’t eat out for 40 days. Try to make easy crockpot meals or cook as a family.
- Replace 30 minutes of TV time with 30 extra minutes of devotion/prayer time.
Read a devotional or Bible story with your family and have a discussion about it.
Even young kids can get involved in this.
- Do not complain.
We often complain and whine about things, but we need to try to have a positive outlook on things. I tried this one year and it was VERY hard. You don’t realize how much you complain until you give it up.
“Do everything without arguing or complaining… ” Philippians 2:14
- No texting.
inform your family and friends that you will not be texting during the 40 days of Lent. Just think you will have to call and talk to your family and friends – what a novel idea.
- Reduce screen time.
We spend way too much time on the screen, decide as a family how much screen time is necessary in your family’s day and set a goal. Better yet, as one of our school family is doing, no technology after 7:00 pm, every day every night for 40 days. Try it! Get your board games ready.
Do only Catholics give something up during Lent?
No, this is just a great time to better yourself. Even if you aren’t Catholic, it is a great time to try to do something to better yourself, your spirit & your heart for 40 days. I’d encourage you to also encourage your children to try to give something up, as well. Have them do #7 and #9 … and remind them often.
What will you Give up for Lent?
Sincerely yours in Christ,