By Chelsea Karnash
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Now that Fat Tuesday is over, it’s time to repent.
Lent – or 40 days of prayer, purification and sacrifice many Christians undertake in preparation for Easter – has begun, and if you were thinking about going cold-turkey with social media, this might change your mind.
“What To Give Up For Lent” promises to send a fresh idea to you via Twitter, Facebook or email each day of the prayer and fasting period, which begins Ash Wednesday. It’s a new, varied take on the old school idea of merely giving up something in order to bring you closer to Christ.
“Lucky for you, we understand that Lent tends to creep up on us and that it’s hard to figure out what’s the best thing (or things) to give up for Lent. Don’t let this Lenten season pass you by without deciding what to give up, what to add on, or what to pray about for the next 40 days,” the website declares. “Remember: it’s not just about what to give up for Lent, it’s about what you’re doing for Lent. Sometimes an action can have a deeper impact that an avoidance.”
Some examples of “Daily Sacrifices” the site will send or post include everything from buying or preparing a meal for someone or inserting change in a few vending machines to decidedly modern day suggestions such as finding and sharing a YouTube video that “speaks to you spiritually.”
To sign up, users simply pick their method of delivery, then visit www.whattogiveupforlent.com to sign up for email messages, “like” the program’s Facebook page or follow it on Twitter.