This article has 40 great things to “give up” during Lent – things that will impact your life more and have you focus more on Christ-like ways.
by Phil Ressler
Week of Ash Wednesday
- Fear of Failure – You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fail forward.
- Your Comfort Zone – It’s outside our comfort zones where new discoveries are made.
- Feelings of Unworthiness – You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. (Psalm 139:14)
- Impatience – God’s timing is the perfect timing.
- Retirement – As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others for Christ. Our work is not always tied to a paycheck.
- People Pleasing – I can’t please everyone anyways. There is only one I need to strive to please.
- Comparison – I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me.
- Blame – I am not going to pass the buck. I will take responsibility for my actions.
- Guilt – I am loved by Jesus and he has forgiven my sins. Today is a new day and the past is behind.
- Overcommitment – Do less better and accomplish more.
- Lack of Counsel – Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum.
- Impurity – Live lives pure and without blemish.
- Entitlement – The world does not owe me anything. God does not owe me anything. I live in humility and grace.
- Apathy – Life is too short not to care.
- Hatred – Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good (Romans 12:21)
- Negativity – I will put the best construction on everything when it comes to other people. I will also minimize my contact with people who are negative and toxic.
- The Spirit of Poverty – Believe that with God there is always more than enough and never a lack.
- Going Through the Motions – The more you invest yourself, the more you will get back.
- Complaint – Instead of contributing to the problem, be the solution.
- The Pursuit of Happiness – God wants something greater and more lasting than happiness. It is called joy.
- Bitterness – The only person I am hurting by holding on to this is myself.
- Distraction – Life is filled with distractions that will take our eyes off the prize.
- Giving up – God never gives up on us.
- Mediocrity – If you are going to do something, then give it all you got.
- Destructive Speech – Encourage one another and all the more as you see the day approaching (Hebrew 10:25)
- Busyness – It is a badge of honor to be busy. But that does not always translate to abundance.
- Loneliness – With Jesus I am never alone. He is with me wherever I go.
- Disunity – If two of you agree on earth about anything, it will be done for them by the Heavenly Father (Matthew 18:19)
- The Quick Fix – Rarely does true transformation happen overnight.
- Worry – God is in control and worrying will not help.
- Idolizing – Don’t assign anyone a standard they cannot live up to.
- Resistance to Change – Change is certain. It is not if we will change, but how we will change.
- Pride – Blessed are the humble.
- Small View of God – Don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is.
- Envy – I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
- Ungratefulness – You have been blessed in a way greater than you realize.
- Selfish Ambition – God has a mission for me that is bigger than me.
- Self-Sufficiency – Jesus is my strength. I can do all things through him (Philippians 4:13)
- Sorrow – Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5b)
- My Life – Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life (John 12:25)