Re: I'm trying to convince myself to give up alcohol for Lent
Are you a Christian of some denomination?
I ask because as a child, I was motivated by my parents and being in parochial school didn't hurt, either. So, I had others who encouraged, were also a part of and with me each day for six hours of education, as teachers and even as reminders, due to having to attend mass every morning before school.
So, I ask, what is your motivation? Mine was reminders of it being a possible sin, a very small sacrifice in remembrance of the huge sacrifice that the Lord gave, and the idea that it was pleasing to our Lord.
Also, as another posted, we gave up something simple at first, generally it was candy or specifically, chocolate. For Easter, we got baskets full of chocolate and candy, so there was also a reward there. What will your reward be? Honestly, I think getting a basket full of alcohol would be defeating, but who am I to judge? It's how I now think of the chocolate "reward" on Easter Sunday. As a child, I didn't think that hard about it.
And, what about giving up red meat one day a week? Eating fish is good for you. Maybe it will become a habit for one day a week the rest of your life? I mean, who knows how far this could go, if you have the dedication and determination along with the support and some reward?
I suppose as an adult, the reward for eating fish is in knowing you are eating healthier and noticing it in your everyday life. Also, there are delicious fish recipes that can be discovered. I used to love flounder fillet in a salmon mousse, white and wild rice with spices and broccoli.
Anxiety is an issue. That would need dealt with in a healthy manner, whether you give up alcohol completely or not.
And, something else I remembered. Along with giving up something we liked that became a small sacrifice, we also fasted through Lent. It's been a long time, so I don't remember all of it. All of these things went together and made us stronger, whether we sometimes failed and asked forgiveness or were steadfast and strong. The important part was to do the very best we could.
It's a huge undertaking, if done properly. Support will be needed. Good luck.
"I'm significant!! Screamed the dust speck." - Bill Watterson
"And this, too, shall pass away."
Last edited by 2ntnuf; 01-24-2016 at 08:19 AM.