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.50 Things You Could Give Up for Lent This Year|The Holy Mess

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.

  1. Meat
  2. Fast food
  3. TV viewing
  4. Elevators
  5. Swearing
  6. Sugar
  7. Social Media
  8. Shopping
  9. Snooze Button
  10. Texting
  11. Coffee
  12. Caffeine
  13. Make-Up
  14. Warm Showers
  15. Debt
  16. French Fries
  17. Cell phone
  18. Gossip
  19. Working overtime
  20. White lies
  21. Last bite
  22. Junk food
  23. Complaining
  24. Music in the car
  25. Chocolate
  26. Snacking
  27. Being late
  28. Arguments
  29. Taking credit
  30. Hurtful words
  31. Movies
  32. Artificial sweeteners
  33. Bragging
  34. Going first
  35. Plastic bags
  36. Bottled water
  37. Clutter
  38. Starbucks
  39. Cookies
  40. Candy
  41. E-mail
  42. Holding grudges
  43. Road rage
  44. Iphone apps
  45. The last word
  46. Procrastination
  47. Alcohol
  48. Sarcasm
  49. Smoking
  50. Soda

Have you given up something for Lent in the past? Will you give up something for Lent this year?

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