Today is Ash Wednesday. Do You Give Up Something for Lent?

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Today is Ash Wednesday, which kicks off the forty days of Lent. This is when Christians usually sacrifice something as a lead up to Easter. Well, a new poll for Ash Wednesday asked 8,000 people to name the HARDEST things to give up for 40 days for Lent. Here are the seven hardest things to give up . . .

1.Watching TV or using streaming services.29% said it would be the hardest thing to give up.It was the #1 answer for every age group except 18- to 24-year-olds.

2.Caffeine, 19%.

3.Social networking, 11%.It was the #1 answer for young people.24% of people between 18 and 24 said it would be the hardest, compared to just 7% of people over 55.

4.Chocolate, also 11% overall.

5.Soda, 7%.

6.Alcohol, 6%.

7.Fast food, 5%.

8% of people said they weren't sure which one of those things would be the hardest to give up.And 4% said they already abstain from all of them. I prefer to follow Pope Francis' way of honoring Lent as shown in the picture above. I want to be a better person and I hope by practicing that during Lent it will become routine after Lent. The Pope has also asked that we stop "trolling" people on social media. Don't say anything at all if you can't say something nice, especially on social media. And also asked that we put down the phone and pick up the Bible. I think that's all good advice that I will try to follow. What will you do to honor Lent this season, if anything? Let me know on the TRY Facebook page.

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