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Did You "Give Up" Something for Lent?

by Judy Doyle  
2/28/2009 / Devotionals

Last Wednesday we observed Ash Wednesday with the Imposition of Ashes and the season of Lent began. During Lent Christians will often "give up" something. The purpose of "giving up" is to remind us of what Jesus gave up. However, it is also a time for us to "take up." First, let me talk a little about "giving up." When we give up something, we are often making a sacrifice. For instance, I am a "soda-holic" and during Lent I give up my soda. When I think about a soda, it gives me the opportunity to think about what Jesus gave up for me and to give thanks. It is also an opportunity for me to think of others who haven't "stuff" like soda and would be grateful for a simple drink of safe water. So, what are you giving up?

Our pastor also reminded us that Lent is also a time of "taking up." Perhaps it is taking up a "new" habit. This year I've also given up a "negative attitude." Wow! That is going to be a challenge, isn't it? Now, every time I start to say or think something negative, I "catch" myself. I ask for forgiveness and try to replace the negativity with some positive. Will I be successful all the time? No, I'll mess up but God is gracious and will forgive me. Will you? I think it will be easier to go without my soda, than it will give up a negative attitude. It might be long six weeks.

Pray for me. I'll be praying for you.

I live in Central Illinois. Have enjoyed writing for over 20 years. I'm married, one son and daugher-in-law and one grand-dog. No grandchildren.

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