Are you giving up anything for Lent?
February 26, 2009, 9:13 pm
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Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent.  Thus on Facebook, Twitter, and on various blogs, I read a lot of statements like, “I’m giving up _________ for Lent.”  Usually, I find that people fill in the blank with things like TV, or chocolate, or meat, or pop, etc.  And all of the “giving up” of things is with the intention of somehow drawing nearer to Christ.  I’ve often asked myself, “How well does giving up that kind of stuff really work?”  

Today, I came across perhaps the best list I’ve seen of things to give up for Lent, if one really wants to draw near to God.  If we want to grasp the Gospel of God’s grace more this season, we need to get rid of things that strangle the work of the Gospel in our hearts.  Also, we will actually appreciate the Gospel if we actually use it to overcome these things.

9 THINGS TO ‘GIVE UP’ DURING LENT

1) COMPLAINING  –  there is much to be thankful for.

2) WORRY – there are things to be concerned about, but nothing to worry about.

3) DISCOURAGEMENT – God is for you, not against you.

4) BITTERNESS – it’s like poisoning yourself. How smart is that?

5) HATRED – forgive and watch your future come alive!

6) GOSSIPING – speak well of your neighbor, you might just see him/her return the favor. 

7) BLAMING – be part of the solution, not the problem.

8) STAYING AWAY FROM CHURCH – provide your family with a firm foundation of faith, learn about the message of God’s love from the Bible and share problems, make friends, and be renewed in hope and thank God for another week of life. And it’s free!

…and the final thing to ‘Give Up’ during Lent? 

9) GIVING UP – hang in there!! Even with all it’s problems, life is a good and gracious gift!

by Pastor Mark Anderson of Lutheran Church of the Master, Corona del Mar, CA.

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