Giving up is a gain

“One way to begin to see how vastly indulgent we usually are is to fast. It is a long day that is not broken by the usual three meals. One finds out what an astonishing amount of time is spent in the planning, purchasing, preparing, eating, and cleaning up of meals.”
– Elisabeth Elliot

What are you giving up for lent?
Common sense and science back up the case for fasting. Eating the wrong food and too much of it, is associated with obesity, cancer and diseases such as diabetes. Giving up just one unhealthy option from your diet has benefits.
Health is also important in terms of screen time. Be honest, how long do you spend in front of a screen or device every day? Giving your eyes and mind a rest will give you more time to reflect and contemplate. Giving up just two hours a day from a device frees up time and gives your eyes a much-needed rest. After all, six weeks isn’t that long to go without something and it has the advantage of letting you fix achievable goals.

Here are few “sacrifice” ideas you can apply during lent:

Facebook and other social media

Going to a restaurant or ordering takeaways

TV watching and using devices


Sugary foods and desserts


Taxis, take a bus or walk


Catherine McAuley sums up the rewards of sacrifice “The comfort comes soon after a well-received trial”.


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