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GIVE UP GIVING UP STUFF for LENT

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a period of 40 days (not counting Sundays) where believers have for centuries…

post by Ben Cachiaras

Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of a period of 40 days (not counting Sundays) where believers have for centuries focused on their relationship with God.

Want to join me on an experiment this Lent? I’m cutting some stuff out – but it’s not dessert.  

A key to drawing close to God is the idea of repentance. It involves a two-fold act in which we turn AWAY from something and turn TOWARD something else. 

We turn away from sin and turn toward Christ.

We turn away from habits and patterns of selfishness and sin in order to turn our habits and hearts toward new ways of thinking and living.

People often “give up” something for Lent. But it might be more potent if we turned AWAY from something while simultaneously turned TOWARD something that would truly help us be more fully given to Jesus.

I’m not saying you can’t give up Oreos for Lent. But what if we turned away from specific habits of the heart and consciously turned toward some other things that would do more to retrain our hearts toward God?

Here is a working list of some things you could FAST FROM (do less of) and some ideas for that to FEAST ON (do more of).  

Which one seems most important to you right now?  

How can you remember to turn FROM and TO in the next 39 days?  

What would YOU add to your list?

3 comments.

3 thoughts on “GIVE UP GIVING UP STUFF for LENT

  1. Fast on prayer that isn’t communicating with God. Feast on having an authentic conversation with Jesus.
    Fast wallowing in your own good deeds. Feast on the righteousness that is freely given.

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