What are you giving up for Lent? It's a question to which we're often tempted to answer, "None of your business!" And rightly so, because "What are you giving up for Lent?" can be prying at best, rude at worst, and sometimes it really has no purpose other than allowing the other person to brag about his more demanding Lenten sacrifice.
But it doesn't have to be that way. As I wrote in "(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Jacob's Ladder":
Christ is the only way to salvation, but our fellow Christians are the girders that help us see Jacob's Ladder for what it is: the strong and sure path to Heaven.
We're all in this together; we don't have to—and shouldn't—bear our spiritual struggles alone. And so, as we're trying to figure out our own Lenten discipline while waiting for Lent 2013 to begin, "What are you giving up for Lent?" can be a legitimate question. But at the same time, it can be a hard one to ask, since others can take it wrongly.
So let's make it easier for all concerned. If you choose, you can share your Lenten sacrifice in What Are You Giving Up for Lent 2013? Doing so can help others decide on their own Lenten sacrifices, and seeing your own resolution on the screen may help you stick to it.
(Scaffolding for a range light on Lake Michigan; photo © Scott P. Richert)