Tuesday, February 9, 2016

give it up for lent

Here are a few things to consider giving up for Lent ...

Guilt – I am loved by Jesus and he has forgiven my sins. Today is a new day and the past is behind.

Fear – God is on my side. In him I am more than a conqueror. (see Romans 8)

The Need to Please – I can’t please everyone anyway. There is only one I need to strive to please.

Envy – My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.

Impatience – God’s time is always the right time.

Sense of Entitlement – The world doesn't owe me anything. God doesn't owe me anything, either.
I live in humility and grace.

Bitterness and Resentment – The only person I'm hurting by holding on to these things is myself.

Blame – I'm not going to pass the buck. I will take responsibility for my actions.

Gossip and Negativity – I will put the best construction on everything when it comes to other people. I will minimize my contact with people who are toxic and tear everyone else down.

Comparison – I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me.

Fear of failure – No one succeeds without experiencing failure. Just remember to fail forward.

A spirit of poverty – Believe that with God there is always more than enough and never a lack.

Feelings of unworthiness – You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator. (see Psalm 139)

Doubt – Believe God has a plan for you that is beyond anything you could imagine. The future is brighter than you could ever realize. (see Jeremiah 29:11)

Self-pity – God comforts us in our sorrow so that we can be a comfort for others.

Retirement – As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others for good.

Excuses – A wise man once said, if you need an excuse, any excuse will do.

Lack of counsel – Wise decisions are rarely made in a vacuum.

Pride – Blessed are the humble.

Worry – God is in control, so worrying will not help one bit.



Delme Linscott said...

Thanks for this post today Pete - blessings to you as you journey through Lent this year. God bless, Delme

Pete Lange said...

good to hear from you delme - many blessings to you as well