20 Ideas for Lent
Lent is right around the corner again. I know I don’t go into religion much on my page, but a big part of my life is being Catholic. Figuring out what to give up for Lent can be difficult, my list is here to help break you out of your safe zone and challenge you.
If you aren’t Catholic or religious you could take this as ways to challenge yourself for 40 days, or any amount of days.
This list of ideas is filled with ideas for the person who is looking to give up or do something more than just sacrificing a favorite snack for 40 days. I hope this list inspires you to do something more this year. Maybe making a family sacrifice or challenge yourself to do more.
Moving beyond the easy
I am a cradle Catholic, and after years of barely doing anything, not challenging myself, I felt as if I was cheating (probably was), which lead me to write this list filled with ideas as much for myself as for you. It’s too easy to get in a habit of giving up the same things year after year and picking it back up after Easter.
My usual last-minute go-to thing to give up is either pop or Reese’s Candy. Notice I said
The past few years I have been trying to do something more than just that. It isn’t a challenge to give up something you like, but don’t do or enjoy often. Lent is a time of sacrifice & reflection. We need to be doing something or giving something up that is a sacrifice.
This could be giving up coffee or snacking. Or if you’re looking for something more, definitely use this list for inspiration. Don’t make it too easy on yourself. Get outside of your comfort zone. Challenge yourself.
I recently saw a Facebook post suggesting to fill one bag each day with items to donate. I loved this idea, especially in the context of Lent. Giving to others, helping the less fortunate, all while bettering your home environment. That post gave me the inspiration for this list.
If you’re looking to give up something more than your favorite candy bar or pop, I hope you can find something more challenging in this list
So what should you give up or do for Lent?
- Start (or get serious about) a new diet or workout plan.
- Volunteer regularly at a women’s or homeless shelter
- Create goody bags for the needy- include toiletries, gift cards for area stores or restaurants, snacks, or whatever you can think of that others might need.
a random actsof kindness chain. Each day dosomething above and beyond for a stranger.
- Find someone in need and donate any items you don’t need or no longer use. I see a lot of people who are going through tough times asking for help on local resale groups. See how you can help.
- Collect items and donate to a charity close to your heart.
- Commit to spending at least 5 minutes a day on prayerful
- Find a daily devotional that speaks to you and your spiritual needs. Actually follow through with it daily.
- Read a book each day. Challenge yourself to read as much as you can.
- Read from scripture each day. Keep a journal about your readings to reflect back on.
- Refrain from gossip or negativity towards others in your life.
- Find something each day to be thankful for. Focusing on positivity can change your overall outlook.
- Go out of your way to help someone struggling in your family. This could be done anonymously if needed.
- Change the way in which you speak to others. Speaking with love and compassion, rather than talking down or with negativity.
- Use your social media to help others. Do you have a big following on social media? Imagine all the good you could spread by highlighting ways to help others.
- Learn a new skill that will help others. Learning to knit scarves or hats for the homeless, or learning sign language to better speak to someone from your community.
- Stop spending money on yourself (for non-essential items) donate to an organization that you care about.
- Collect and donate toys or Easter gifts to a local children’s hospital.
- Make a gift basket for someone in your life or community going through cancer. Wrap each item individually so they can open one a day during their treatments.
- Start something that you’ve been wanting to do but are afraid to begin. Take the leap of faith and give it
Bonus: Giving up or cutting back on something you buy every day, and putting that money to use elsewhere. Maybe you brew coffee at home, and skip Starbucks. You could pack a lunch instead of getting takeout. Just reallocating that money to another cause.
There are are so many other things you can do or refrain from during Lent. I hope this list is a jumping off point for your Lenten journey.
I usually will try to do more than one thing during Lent to challenge myself, and make me mindful of the season.