8 things I am giving up for Lent

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday is a day of celebrating before everyone begins their 40-day fast.  This is done to supposedly imitate Jesus Christ’s 40 day fast in the wilderness (Matt 4:1-2). To prepare the hearts of men/women for the celebration of the death and resurrection of Christ. It can also be a purification of our sin and selfishness through our prayers and self-denial.

Then mind wanders to a few verses that say that it was for freedom that Christ set us free; keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.  I also think of the hymn that says Jesus paid it all.  What that says to me is that I am free, He did it all.  I can ride on his sacrifice all the way home.  However, I still feel a sense of doing something for Lent.  A few years ago, after realizing my freedom, I decided to not give up but rather to add to my life something that I hoped would draw me closer to God. God gave his son so that I don’t have to give up anything. I simply need to accept his gift of salvation.  It was the most meaningful Lent in years. Here is my list of things I will “give up.”

1. I will give up worrying. When I catch myself, I will say a prayer.

2. I will give up complaining. When I catch myself, I will say what I am thankful for.

3. I will give up frowning. When I catch myself, I will smile.

4. I will give up saying something negative. When I catch myself, I will say something positive.

5. I will give up being wasteful. When I catch myself, I will stop & save & give.

6. I will give up trying to be right/perfect. When I catch myself, I will stop and accept.

7. I will give up being careless. When I catch myself, I will do something that says I care.

8. I will give up saying I have nothing to wear. When I catch myself, I will put on something clean and without holes.

He is all you need. He paid it all. What will you give up during this season of reflection?

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6 thoughts on “8 things I am giving up for Lent

  1. I enjoyed your list. I can relate to giving up the worry and negativity. I have been working on this lately. I am amazed at how when we give up something He adds something so much better– joy for automatic fretting; peace for t\reactive tragedies I create in my head. I am finding as I exam the negative thoughts in my head 100% of the time they are either not true or I don’t know what the other person really is thinking. I am liking this new thought process. Now to just not forget to replace the negative stuff with His truth (smile).

  2. Krissi says:

    Thanks for the perspective on this! Both ways-adding something to move closer to Christ & working on getting the negative ways out of our lives. I did write a post about Worry last week :), not sure if you had a chance to see it. Also, I have joined the #1000gifts JoyDare after Reading 1000 Gifts by Ann Voskamp. Powerful!

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