The season of Lent is a time in the Church calendar that encourages Christians to spend some time to reflect and evaluate their relationship with God. This is usually done by giving up something for Lent. Here just about anything goes, from giving up coffee or television or some other thing that you spend a lot of time doing. The purpose of giving up something is to allow you more time to spend concentrating on the things of God.
I like the purpose of Lent but unfortunately there are many who are suspicious of it. The reason that it is found to be suspect is because it is liturgical in nature. To me, that kind of thinking is like throwing out the baby with the bathwater. But I believe that Lent should be viewed as a time for spiritual enrichment. This means that Lent should be thought of as more than a time in which something is given up. Rather try to see the “giving up” as a tool that will allow you to spend more time with the Lord. For example, instead of going to Timmy’s for coffee spend that time with God. The key is, whatever you’re giving up, give that time to God.
Lent is not a time to make a big show of what you’re giving up, but to spend time in quiet devotion to God. Remember that only God knows your heart so whatever you do, do it in honour to Him.