Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Lent: The Process of Giving Up

Today, plenty of people around the world will begin the sentence, "For Lent, I am giving up..."

Sometimes its because its the cool thing to do, or it somehow gives others the impression that you've got this "Jesus-thing" down.

Honestly, I think many people use Lent as a time to re-invent the New Years resolutions that they've already given up on. We translate things like "I'm going to be healthier this year" into "I'm giving up [sugar, coke, processed foods] for Lent."

Instead, I urge you to spend time today really considering how you fill up your time and what stops you from getting closer to God.

In Matthew 6:21, Jesus reminds those listening to the Sermon on the Mount,
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also," (ESV).
 The key I've learned is understanding that treasure is not always a possession, its what we consume our lives with. The main point is: if it is not God, its wrong.

Now are the things standing between us and God a lot harder to give up? Absolutely.

This year it was hard to pinpoint the biggest thing affecting my relationship with God. I realized that it was procrastination, that I used fillers such as Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest instead of spending time with the Lord. Therefore,as of today, I'm giving it up, trusting the Lord to fill my time with Him.

So, what are you giving up to spend more time with God?

Grace and Peace,
Lesley

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