Many people choose to give up something in order to deepen their daily spiritual practice during Lent. Lent, the 40 days before Easter (technically 46 because Sundays are not counted), is a time when Christians focus on Jesus’ death and sacrifice. It is a somber time yet also a time of celebration in the sense that Christians remember and realize the importance of the great gift we have been given. Here are 50 things you could give up for Lent this year, and in return you will gain so much more.
Why Do Christians Give Up Something for Lent?
Typically Lent has been a time of fasting and self-denial, especially in Catholic traditions. It is important to note that fasting or other traditions do not earn you extra blessings from God. Romans 5:17 says, “For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.”
Grace is a free gift through Jesus. You do not earn God’s good favor.
The Bible also says that fasting should be done privately. Matthew 6:16-18 says, “And when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by others but by your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”
Fasting is a spiritual discipline that is between you and God.
50 Things You Could Give Up for Lent This Year
Here are 50 things you could give for lent this year.
- Fast food
- TV viewing
- Social Media
- Snooze Button
- Warm Showers
- French Fries
- Cell phone
- Working overtime
- White lies
- Last bite
- Junk food
- Music in the car
- Being late
- Taking credit
- Hurtful words
- Artificial sweeteners
- Going first
- Plastic bags
- Bottled water
- Holding grudges
- Road rage
- Iphone apps
- The last word
Have you given up something for Lent in the past? Will you give up something for Lent this year?
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