Lent is in full swing. How’s it going for you? I admit, it’s been tough on my end because it always hard to break a habit, especially when it’s a bad one. My resolution for Lent was to watch less television so that I could spend more time in devotion with the Lord. In the past week & a half things haven’t gone quite the way I planned. Turning off the television hasn’t been the problem. But reading the Bible AFTER I turn off the television is the problem. You see, I like to get on the computer, make a quick phone call or even grab a midnight snack before delving into the Word late at night. So how do I still accomplish my goals with Lent without completely failing? Stay tuned…..later in the week I’ll talk about what changes I’ve made.
In the meantime, read below –
Many Christians have “given something up” for Lent, but it usually has very little of impact on their life and walk with Christ. The reason is that we usually give stuff up for all the wrong reasons. With that said, I want to offer up 20 things you might consider giving up this Lent. And these are things to give up not just for Lent, but for the rest of your life.
- 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 everyone – I can’t please everyone anyways. There is only one I need to strive to please.
- Envy – I am blessed. My value is not found in my possessions, but in my relationship with my Heavenly Father.
- Impatience – God’s timing is the perfect timing.
- Sense of entitlement – The world does not owe me anything. God does not owe me anything. I live in humility and grace.
- Bitterness and Resentment – The only person I am hurting by holding on to these is myself.
- Blame – I am 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 also minimize my contact with people who are negative and toxic bringing other people down.
- Comparison – I have my own unique contribution to make and there is no one else like me.
- Fear of failure – You don’t succeed without experiencing failure. Just make sure you fail forward.
- A spirit of poverty – Believe with God that 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.
- Self-pity – God comforts us in our sorrow so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
- Retirement – As long as you are still breathing, you are here for a reason. You have a purpose to influence others for Christ. That does not come to an end until the day we die.
- 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 and worrying will not help.
God has so much more in store for you. But so many of these things above are holding you back from walking in the full destiny he has laid out for you. Today is a new day.
So there you have it. What else might you add to the list? Please share in the comments below.
With Labor Day weekend now behind us, I had the (mis)fortune of having to take a flight out of town. Well, similar to my gym randoms, I have observed a few randoms from my time in the friendly skies –
- The pilots should be required to come out & shake everyone’s hand after each flight – I just entrusted my life in your hands. The least you can do is come out & greet me. Even a surgeon shakes your hand and chats it up with you before cutting you open. Anyone who is lifting me 30,000 feet in the air should extend the same courtesies.
- If I ride on an older airplane, then I should get a discount on my airfare – After all, we are flying without all the bells & whistles of a newer model. Take Southwest for example – most of their planes are basic, don’t air in-flight movies, and don’t offer any other amenities like pillows or blankets. Same with Spirit Airlines, which specialize in flying no-frill airplanes. Most of these older planes are still in service so unless I’m on a plane with comfortable plush seating, wider aisles and better accommodations, I don’t think that I should be paying the same fare as if I were flying on a Boeing 757. Besides, aren’t all those older models already paid off anyways?
- Every flight should offer magazines & newspapers – Think of a beauty salon, barbershop, or even the doctor’s office. Don’t they all offer magazines for people to read while they are waiting? Why should the airplane be any different? At least in the beauty salon I only wait a few minutes, versus in an airplane I’m waiting for hours before I land. Yes, some people may try to take these magazines, but the doctor’s office doesn’t seem to have that problem do they?
- Why is there no heating on the plane? – Did you notice that there is only a nozzle for cool air and not hot air above each seat? I think that there should be an option for heat because sometimes flying at a high altitude in the middle of winter can get pretty chilling.
- Breath mints should be mandatory – To me this is a no-brainer. As close as everyone is sitting to each other, everyone should be required to pop a mint as soon as they board. Just like at a hotel, there should be a Starlight peppermint on everyone’s seat on the plane.
I had yet another dental appointment this week & was scared for my life. I would rather be stuck with 5,000 needles than to have a drill in my mouth for two hours on a single tooth. My new dentist is pretty good (I just started going to him this year) but when I walked into his office he didn’t seem as upbeat as usual.
That’s when it dawned on me that my prayers this morning were for the wrong person. I was praying that God keep me safe & calm during my root canal but I should’ve been praying for my dentist (actually the endodontist) instead. After all, he’s the one with the drill & the Novocain in his hands. It doesn’t matter how calm I am if my dentist didn’t get a good night’s rest. He might be too tired to do the best possible job on my teeth.
Have you ever been at work, only a few days away from a much needed vacation & can’t concentrate on your work because you‘re daydreaming about lying on a beach instead? Well what if my dentist had an upcoming vacation and couldn’t focus on my teeth? Uh oh, I’m in trouble. What about when you have a meeting right before lunch and your stomach is growling because you missed breakfast? Uh oh, I’m in trouble. What if my dentist had a fight with his wife that morning (or even the night before) and is in a bad mood now? Uh oh, I’m in trouble. What if my dentist doesn’t feel well but didn’t want to call in sick today? Uh oh, I’m in trouble.
So before you go to see a medical specialist of any kind, pray not just for yourself but also for your doctor. Trust me, it’ll make a difference!