That’s what I love about the principle of binding yourself to a goal. It frees you from whatever the bad habit is that you’re setting the goal to change. You simply eliminate the option from your life. You can do this with anything, too. Eating habits, exercise habits, study habits, socializing habits, excessive blogging habits… You truly can be master over yourself if you understand the principle of binding yourself to a goal. I just love it. But you don’t want to set yourself up for failure and try to bind yourself to a goal before you’re truly ready to be bound to it. It’s personal at every stage, and you only need to report your progress to yourself and God.
And this can be done at any time of your life, not just for Lent. We can set and achieve goals every day! Little, attainable goals, more long-term stretching goals–they really can give you a sense of self-worth and a closeness to Heavenly Father in a very special way. I would invite you to think of something to work towards, a goal of sorts, and to bind yourself to it. Then it will inevitably be accomplished! It won’t be an option to not accomplish it. You will love this principle, I promise. It will set you free!!!
LENT, in [Catholic/Christian] tradition, is the period of the liturgical year leading up to Easter. The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer — through prayer, penitence, alms-giving and self-denial — for the annual commemoration during Holy Week of the Death and Resurrection of Jesus, which recalls the events linked to the Passion of Christ and culminates in Easter, the celebration of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Conventionally, it is described as being forty days long, though different denominations calculate the forty days differently. The forty days represent the time that, according to the Bible, Jesus spent in the wilderness before the beginning of his public ministry, where he [fasted and] endured temptation by Satan.
This practice was virtually universal in Christendom until the Protestant Reformation. Some Protestant churches do not observe Lent, but many, such as Lutherans, Methodists, and Anglicans do.
There are traditionally forty days in Lent which are marked by fasting, both from foods and festivities, and by other acts of penance. The three traditional practices to be taken up with renewed vigor during Lent are prayer (justice towards God), fasting (justice towards self), and alms-giving (justice towards neighbor). Today, some people give up a vice of theirs, add something that will bring them closer to God, and often give the time or money spent doing that to charitable purposes or organizations.
In current Western societies the practice is considerably relaxed, though in the Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, and Eastern Catholic Churches abstinence from [meat and all its derivatives] is practiced, meaning only vegetarian meals are consumed during this time in many Eastern countries. Lenten practices (as well as various other liturgical practices) are more common in Protestant circles than they once were. In the Roman Catholic Church it is tradition to abstain from meat from Ungulates (meaning roughly “being hooved” or
Many modern Protestants consider the observation of Lent to be a choice, rather than an obligation. They may decide to give up a favorite food or drink (e.g. chocolate, alcohol) or activity (e.g., going to the movies, playing video games, etc.) for Lent, or they may instead take on a Lenten discipline such as devotions, volunteering for charity work, and so on.