What is Lent? It is the observation the the 40 days before Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross (Easter). He suffered immensely during that time so it's a way of "suffering" or giving up something of comfort for Christ.
I am all for giving up something bad in order to get closer with God, but do I think it should be limited to just 40 days, no. I say, try forming a healthy habit that inhibits the bad habit instead. Example:
Addicted to soda? Try drinking more water.
Only pray at church once a week? Try praying every day when you wake up.
Hate to workout? Try finding an athletic hobby you enjoy (i.e. ice skating, running, swimming, etc.)
Hate attending church/don't have a church? Try finding a church that fits you and your needs or try a night church/bible study/etc. Anything that gets you connected to the right people.
Drink way too much alcohol? Try cutting back by going out less and/or subbing more drink of water or sparkling water.
See? These are all ideas for baby steps. Going cold turkey rarely works and usually follows up with a relapse.
My choice for Lent is to pray more. I pray a lot, but I have found they are short prayers without very much substance. I dedicate the next 40 days to pray about concerning matters in my life, community, world and really POUR MY HEART out to God.
Happy Lent, all! My you find a good thing to give up or a healthy habit to form in honor of The One and Only! ❤️