Lent is a scam. It isn’t in the Bible.
It was made up by the Church to make you feel guilty for being human.
If you want to give up something for Lent, try one of these:
Guilt. Fear. Judgment. Hate.
Or you can take something on – volunteer, meditate, learn a new skill.
But don’t fall into the “penance” trap. The Hebrew word that was translated as “repentance” actually means “to return”. You aren’t supposed to feel bad for doing something wrong. You are simply supposed to stop doing it and start doing the right thing.
Imagine if you were driving to another city and halfway there you realized you were on the wrong road. The healthy response is to get to the correct road as soon as possible. An unhealthy response would be to sit on the side of the road and beat yourself up for being on the wrong road.
It happens – we are human and we make mistakes. Maybe someone gave you bad instructions? Maybe a road sign was missing? Don’t worry about blame – just get on the right road as soon as you realize you are headed the wrong way.
Don’t waste any time on punishment. Just start over.
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