I wish Google Analytics had a button you could press that would show you how much traffic your blog wasn’t getting because people had sworn off it for Lent with a classic digital fast.
Unfortunately they haven’t developed that, so I don’t know how many people are not reading right now. But what I do know is that when it comes to Lent, there are 4 different approaches my friends seem to take as far as giving things up goes:
1. They give up everything.
“Air, I’m not going to use oxygen during Lent. That’s what I’m giving up this year. It will be hard, but I got a new book and there’s a site online that helps track it so I think I should be alright. OK, I’m about to take a deep breath and then begin. If I pass out, please catch me so that I don’t hit my head.”
2. They give up something they don’t really have access to anyway.
“I’m giving up the animal style 4×4 from In-n-Out during Lent. True, I live in Atlanta, Georgia, which puts me at about 2,200 miles from the nearest establishment, but I feel like it’s a sacrifice. Help me through this friend. Hold my hand.”
3. They give up something they probably shouldn’t be doing in the first place.
“You know that hill liquor I’ve been buying from that homemade still off that dirt road in Forsyth County? Yeah, the one that tastes a little like dirt and makes you feel like a butterfly when you drink it? I’m giving that up for Lent.”
4. They give up nothing.
“I thought long and hard and ultimately settled on a ‘Lent to do list’ that consists of zero items. I made 97 ‘exceptions’ last year when I tried to give stuff up so this year I opted for ‘nothing’ and those far have been able to accomplish that. I’m hoping CNN will do a story on me. Something about the triumph of the human will maybe.”
Those are the four I see most often, but that doesn’t do anything to diminish what Lent can really be for you this year. The silliness of that doesn’t remove the beauty that is inherent to this time of year.
How about you, what did you give up for Lent?
Have you ever given up anything?