Archive for the ‘Energy Drinks’ Tag

Lenten Fast: Soda and Energy Drinks

Friday, March 29th, 2013

For the first time I can remember, I gave something up for Lent. I did so for selfish reasons, not at all about spiritual discipline… but I did learn some discipline AND a thing or two about Lent. Here’s a short blog about the experience.

First, the why…

Why did I give up soda and energy drinks for Lent? The answer is Diet Coke. I have a Diet Coke addiction, which I supplemented pretty regularly with Monster Rehab and Sugar Free Vegas Fuel. I had no intention on cutting out all caffeine, but I knew I needed to focus my caffeine intake on healthier means, namely coffee and tea.

Second, how has it gone?

It’s gone well. I drank Diet Coke once, but it was on an allowable day (Sundays during the Lenten season are considered feast days, something I learned during this process). This is truly a success, because it was not on the temptations that I caved, but rather, I just felt like having one on a day where I was allowed, so I did. My willpower has remained strong, even on days where I REALLY CRAVED Diet Coke.

So, now, let’s look at where I go from here…

I fully intend to partake in a Diet Coke on Sunday, part of my celebration of Easter I guess. But, I don’t want to go back to the old habit, so I have decided that Diet Coke is reserved for the weekends and the energy drinks are as good as gone, outside of possibly for a long road trip or something similar.

And on the spiritual side of things…

I didn’t use this as an exercise in spiritual discipline, but that doesn’t mean I didn’t learn anything about my faith or my ability to be spiritually disciplined. If I can give up something that I was consuming in mass quantity daily, than just MAYBE I can apply that to my spiritual journey. Why can’t I use this discipline to focus on my devotional time, my time reading the Bible, and my time reading other works about faith and life? Guess the answer is in the question… right?

Advertisements