I grew up in the Lutheran church. Every Sunday we would wake up, my dad would make waffles and we would head off to church. Often taking up a row in the front of the church with my grandparents. As a family volunteering, teaching sunday school, helping with communion and being an active part of the congregation was something that really shaped me into the person I am today and I loved it! In the Lutheran church we do not give up anything for Lent, but I always admired those who would use Lent as a time to practice sacrifice and honor Jesus. So, as any basic babe would, I gave up Starbs.
For those who may not know what Lent is. It stars on Ash Wednesday (day after fat Tuesday) and ends 6 weeks later. The purpose of Lent is the preparation as a believer of Christ for Easter through prayer, fasting, repentance of sins, and is a symbol of sacrifice and reflection. In Lent, many Christians commit to fasting as well as giving up certain luxuries in order to replicate the sacrifice of Jesus Christ’s journey through the desert for 40 days. Lent is traditionally described as lasting for 40 days, in commemoration of the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert according to the gospel. Holy Week and the season of Lent, depending on the Christian denomination and local custom, end with Easter Vigil at sundown on Holy Saturday, on the morning of Easter Sunday, or at the midnight between them.
In general, we are taught to give up or “fast” something that you use too much, or are gluttonous in. Ie. Starbucks for a basic babe
I was finding myself pre ordering Starbucks wayyyy to often and not even thinking that or using Starbucks as a treat or special once and awhile drink. I would get Starbucks nearly every single day and not even think twice about it. Embarrassing and needed to be handled.
So, therefore Ash Wednesday 2018 I commited to no Starbucks until Easter. This meant I could still drink coffee because I love Jesus but like coffee keeps me sane and I would’ve been a terrible christain without some sort of caffeine with my early morning long day plans. So… no Starbucks products. Period. Nothing with that gorgeous mermaid on it. NOTHING.
The first week my dumb ass went to the store to stalk up on as many fluids that I could get …to keep me distracted from Starbs. And without even thinking, I bought iced coffee that Starbucks sells in the store, (ended up giving it away). That was my one mistake and one mishap which is pretty freaking awesome. I didn’t know that I was actually that in control of myself. I know that sounds weird, but Im super proud of myself and I have only gone back to Starbucks once or twice…
Some tips for staying on track during lent or during any fast
- Fill your mind or in my case your fridge with as many distractions as you can
- -crystal ices were amazing
- -trader joes iced columnian lattes are awesome
- Say No
- This only had to be practiced a couple of times. First, when I was in Phoenix with my amazing family they went to Starbs and I did not order anything. My awesome cousin picked up Dunkin Donuts coffee for me which was tasty and I would just order coffee from restaurants or go to the grocery store and stock up on other coffee brands
- Branch Out
- I actually discovered this beyond amazing coffee shop super close to my apartment because I wasn’t going to starbs. Their lattes ended up being so good and so tasty and I was able to try something new
- Save Money
- The amount of money I saved during these six weeks is actually so embarrassing that I cant really explain. Starubucks was becoming such a mindless habit of mine and I was completely out of control . Lent gave me time to reflect on this addiction and resist the sensation of wanting to get a quick fix coffee and go to the grocery store make some on my own.
- Self pride
- When you finish the time of fast youll be so proud and you may not even want the thing that you have fasted for * so long. It’s a cool feeling
- Get closer to god
- Finally…which is literally the main point of the fast. You get closer to god. Every single time you think of or are tempted to try the thing that you are fasting you are reminded of the sacrifice Jesus made.
Overall, I had a wonderful experience practicing lent. I saved money, proved to myself that I am able to control myself, disvocered local business that I enjoy, and most importantly honored Jesus in a way that I had never done before. I am often a quiet believer. I believe we are all on our own journey and I would never want to pressure someone to believe in something that they didn’t. Sharing my faith with you has been a first for me and I am super grateful to you for reading 🙂