It's amazing how much I can simultaneously look forward to and dread something. Like Lent. Every year it comes around, and I drag my feet and I can't wait all at the same time. It's kind of like working out. I know it's not necessarily going to be fun, and even if it is fun, it'll be hard, but it is the challenge that makes it worth it.
I usually like to give up something that is taking up my time, and some sort of food. I like to give up some things that I feel like I "need". I am nuts about sweets, and I think at times that I "need" sweets. Or I think that I "need" TV (to be honest, I'm not sure I'll totally give that up, but I am going to cut back). I like that giving them up reminds me that I don't actually need them. I am a huge fan of fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday as well. After all, I intellectually know that I don't need sweets or TV, but food is a necessity. I like that the hunger for one day reminds us that it is not by bread alone that we live, but that there is something in our lives that we need even more than we need food.
I need Him.
I love that Lent gives us that time to empty ourselves of other things so that we have room for Him.