Giving up things is okay, but “doing” something this Lent that will help you grow spiritually will make it a ‘good’ Lent. The kind of Lent that will make you feel different on Easter Sunday is a Lent that helps us to evolve and be closer to our Lord. Spend these days before Lent reflecting on things that take you away from God, or keep you from being closer to him.
Do you spend more time on Facebook every day than than in prayer? If so, cut back on Facebook and spend more frequent visits mentally with our Lord. Load a few pictures of Jesus during His sorrowful passion onto your phone or iPad and when you catch yourself checking Facebook, go to His photo and talk to Him a few minutes.
If you spend money frequently at fast food places, stop yourself and put money aside and each Sunday put that into poor box in your church
Sign up for your own personal hour of Eucharistic Adoration once a week
Randomly let a bible fall open and read those pages only. You will be surprised how that page may apply to your day
Whatever you (all of us) decide to do each Lent, we should keep doing all year long to make us just a little closer to God each year and evolve into a more holy soul by these baby steps.
Giving up candy and things are good for the waistline, but doesn’t help us develop spiritually, yet it does help us control our urges and perfect discipline.
Reflect on your weaknesses and ask the Holy Spirit to help bring light to things you need to personally improve on, even giving up being negative, grumpy, gossiping, etc.
Sorry I’m rambling, I’m done now. Good luck this Lent, and peace be with you…