An Ohio man has given up everything BUT beer for Lent, and has lost 15 pounds.
Read more about that story here.
Honestly, I don’t usually give two fucks about what people give up for Lent, as long as they’re not sanctimonious about it. Don’t act like not being able to eat a hamburger or steak on Fridays is some big deal (I haven’t eaten any red meat or pork in years). And no, I am NOT being sanctimonious! It’s just my personal choice (I used to be a vegetarian, but now eat poultry and fish). If there’s one thing I care even less about than what people give up for Lent? It’s people’s diets. If people are going to post in social media about being on the Paleo, gluten-free diet or any other such “trendy” diet? Five words – I don’t give a fuck…You can eat a whole suckling pig for all I care… I do have my limits, though! I used to have a co-worker who would eat pork rinds and I couldn’t stand being in the same room with her while she did it.
Oh the things that run through Homer Simpson’s mind…
There are lots of different ways to “recognize” Lent, but in the Christian faith, the inspiration for Lent is the Bible story about Jesus being in the desert for 40 days without food, and he was constantly tempted by Satan. Let’s say you’ve decided to give up little Debbie cakes for Lent. Isn’t it more meaningful if you have someone tempting you with the tasty, tasty treats after you’ve announced you’ve given them up?
Oh dear LORD I could go for some Zebra cakes or chocolate chip cakes right now! I used to eat quite a lot of Little Debbie cakes I was a kid, but now that I’m an adult, they are a very, very occasional indulgence! If I ever decide to take up religion and announce that I’m giving them up for Lent, it’s up to everyone around me to tempt me with them (more about that in a bit)!
My husband had a co-worker years ago who made a big deal about giving up chocolate for Lent. Every day during Lent he would leave a candy bar on her desk. His rationale was that Jesus had Satan constantly tempting him while he was in the desert and that he was just… playing the role of Satan.
He makes an interesting point! Jesus had to fight temptation – why should us other lowly humans be any different?