I passed on this idea for a "COOL LENT" (from the Cool People Care website) to my college students as a way to be more engaged this Lenten season. It would great for youth, too. So many people seem to love the idea of "giving up" something for Lent, but they miss the point that we give it up in order to make space for something else. If you are giving up soda, use the funds you would have spent and give it to a charity. If you are giving up watching TV, use that time for ministry. If you are fasting, use the time you would have spent eating to serve a meal at a homeless shelter. If you are giving up chocolate....Wait a minute! Why would anyone give up chocolate!!?