It is Lent season again. A season known to most by giving something up. The history behind it is something that I didn't know. I just knew that I was giving something up every year.
This year I gave up soda and alcohol. I have given up chocolate before, I have given up soda before and I have also given up sex. However I have never given up sex and alcohol at the same time. I am beginning to wonder if that is such a great idea?
As long as I don't give up alcohol, sex and chocolate it should be an ok time.
According to Wikipedia, "Lent (Latin: Quadragesima, Hebrew: התענית), in the Western Christian tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, almsgiving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the desert before the beginning of his public ministry, where he endured temptation by Satan.
This practice was virtually universal in Christendom until the Protestant Reformation. Some Protestant churches do not observe Lent, but many, such as Lutherans, Methodists, Presbyterians, Anglicans, and Episcopalians, do."
I did not make it all the way through Lent with my restrictions. At some point in my life I know I will, just not this year.
Oh well. Better luck next time.