The practice of giving something up for Lent is one of those practices that may seem outdated, but not if it’s done with the right attitude.  If we do it as a way of gaining our own salvation it’s wrong, but if done as a reminder of what Jesus sacrificed for us we are giving thanks to Him.

Think of what He gave up for us.  He left His holy throne in heaven where He ruled the world alongside His Father.  He shed the riches of His office and became a poor man with no place to lay His head.  He lived a life filled with frustration, anger, sadness, joy, weariness – just like we do every day.  He taught, led, delivered and gave hope to those who had lost all hope.  He allowed Himself to be humiliated in front of a court of people He’d come to save.  He suffered a brutal beating, a jeering crowd, the weight of the cross and ultimately the loss of His physical life.

As we know, the story didn’t end there.  When He overcame that pathetic death, He came alive again and showed Himself to His followers.  He conquered death so we would know that our sins are forgiven and we too would never die.

So, is it all right to give something up for Lent?  We can start by giving up our guilt.  He came specifically to bear our iniquities and tells us to lay our burdens on Him.  Still it’s not always easy to do so.  Our human nature tells us we should be responsible people and be involved in some way.  The truth is, we can’t save ourselves – only God can do that.

So if you want to thank Him for that in some outward way – don’t eat candy for 40 days.  You might lose a pound or two and in the process you will be showing honor to the One who deserves our praise.

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As I reach the end of my years, I find I have a lot of good information stored up in this old decrepit mind of mine. If I don't write it all down, it may vanish and no one will have the advantage of my thoughts. This is why this blog exists. I love the Lord, Jesus with all my heart and soul. I know I'm undeserving of all He's done for me, but I also know that His love is beyond my comprehension. I've always wanted to write. I never kept diaries, but tucked my thoughts in my head for future reference. I use them now in creating stories, plays, poetry and my blog. I continue to learn every day. I believe the compilation of our time spent with God will have huge affect on the way we live. I know I'm a sinner and I need a Savior. I have One through Jesus, Christ. My book, "Stages - a memoir," is about the seven stages of life from the perspective of a woman. It addresses all the things girls and women go through in life as they travel it with Jesus, and it is available on Amazon.com.
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  1. mzpresser says:

    Oh Kathy He is so alive in your words today!

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  2. Julie Harris says:

    “We can start by giving up our guilt.” I have struggled with this lately… going to give it to Him!! Oh, and the dessert, too! Thank you for your timely reminder!

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  3. This I love, Kathy!!


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