Giving up for Lent
Many Christians feel they have to give up something for Lent and end up giving up something that has very little impact on their lives. In the end, we end up giving up something for Lent for all the wrong reasons.
Instead of giving up a gift you cherish, considering giving up one of these five things:
- Self-doubt – As you believe it, so shall it be. Let go of the self-doubt and believe God has a plan for you that is beyond anything you could imagine. Remember what is said in Timothy: For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7
- Self-pity – Hebrews 13:5 tells us, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” God comforts us in our sorrow so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
- Blame – Don’t pass the buck; take responsibility for your actions. Romans tells us, And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
- Gossip and Negativity – A waste of time and energy, let go of idle and meaningless gossip and negativity. Proverbs plainly states, Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets; therefore do not associate with a simple babbler. Proverbs 20:19
- Comparison – You have your own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like you. Remember this verse: Galatians 6:4 - But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.
This is a season of reflection. The gifts you have been given by God are yours to share. Lent is more than a time to give up one of your cherished gifts. It is a time to give up and let go of the doubt and negative energies in your life and focus on sharing your spiritual gifts with others.
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