It is a tradition in the Christian Church that people fast from something during the liturgical season of Lent. This tradition is rooted in the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert immediately after his baptism. During the middle ages fasting was considered a religious duty and strict rules were followed. People were to abstain from all animal products, including eggs and dairy. I’m not sure I would have a made very good medieval Christian.
Today there are good reasons to abstain or fast during Lent and some bad ones. The bad ones include trying to impress God or others, feelings of guilt, or hoping that it will bring you good fortune. There are also those who give up something during this season because “that’s just what you do during Lent.” You can also choose to abstain from something for healthy reasons. Fasting can be a great prayer reminder. Every time you have a craving, spend some time in prayer. If you skip a meal, take those groceries you saved and donate them to the food pantry. Fasting isn’t a rule that you must follow. It’s an option that can be helpful. Whatever you choose to do, make it something productive. Make it something that brings you and others closer to Jesus. Make it something that prepares you to celebrate Christ’s victory.