I gave up coffee for lent. It was a big deal and difficult at first but I have learned a few things.
First of all, when I gave up coffee, I set about to live a more healthy lifestyle. I have snacked on fruits and vegetables as well as been more active. I had depended on coffee for energy, but I have proven to myself that energy can come from other places I hadn’t explored in the past, for my mind was too set on coffee.
Next, that coffee really didn’t have as much of a hold on me as I thought it did. It actually wasn’t that difficult to give it up. Once my body adapted to not having caffeine every day, I have been just fine. This has been going easier than I thought it would. I just needed the drive and determination to step away.
I haven’t actually been thinking of coffee much. The looks of empathy and horror when I announce that I gave up coffee for lent are amusing. God has been doing so much more in my life lately. I have been looking deeper inside myself than I knew I could, and God has been revealing to me brokenness and scars in my life. It’s great, because in seeing these wounds, I can go through the mess and pray (not worry).
I AM looking forward to coffee again, but coffee is further proof that God loves us and wants us to enjoy his creation. Everything points back to him (BOOM).
What did you give up for lent this year, if anything? Has it been difficult? Has God been teaching you through it?