This year, and every year, we should focus on God.. You might have had a New Years resolution to do that, but it fell through (like most of them). Use this season of giving things up to rekindle that desire to grow closer and walk with God as much as you can.
This is a pretty common thing to give up for lent. Honestly, I don’t think the world understands how much we gossip. I mean, it’s hard not to gossip! But any time you tell something that’s secretive or scandalous about someone else, you’re gossiping. Think about how much everyone gossips. What if we replaced all of that with only God-glorifying words? What a fun place that would be!
2. Being hard on yourself
God loves you. He loves you. Every part about you. I mean He created you, why wouldn’t He love you? How awesome is that? I try to drive this one home, because it’s really personal for me, and I think everyone has trouble with it.
In 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Paul wrote, “Do you not know that you bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”
God bought you- even if your issue isn’t with your physical body, you still need to love yourself. Every time you think something bad about yourself, try writing down something positive about yourself. (That, may I remind you, God made.)
3. Acting like a victim
First of all, I’m just going to say it. It is extremely annoying when people inaccurately act like a victim. That is not representing the kingdom of God very well. Second of all, GOD GAVE US VICTORY!
Check it out:
Deuteronomy 20:4, 1 Corinthians 10:13, John 16:33, Ephesians 6:13, Ephesians 6:10, Psalm 3:8, and 1 John 5:4
4. Social media
Whoa. Crazy, I know. “You’re asking me to give up a lot here, Neely.” I understand. But having a social media cleanse can be unbelievably beneficial. It will be hard at first. (I know, I’ve been there.) But I promise that it’s worth it.
Some people are so into social media, that they keep up with their follower count daily. “Neely, that’s not that crazy. I do it.” You’re wrong. It is crazy.
There is an entire world that needs to be shown the love of Jesus face to face, an entire world of God’s beautiful creation to explore, and your nose is in a screen, concerned about how you just lost a follower (aka one person will now not be able to see the highlights of your life.)
Now, I know it will be hard. If you’re someone who wanted to immediately skip this one, then give up one social media site or just give it up on certain days.
5. Not dancing
No one dances anymore! Some people (you know who you are) may think it’s stupid and wonder where I may be going with this.
Well, I’m going to say that you should dance. Listen to music very loudly and move your body to the rhythm. Just do it.
Dancing, if done with exceptionally big movements, is a form of exercise. And if you’ve ever seen Legally Blonde, “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands. They just don’t.”
The more you dance, the more you’re HAPPY. God wants the absolute best for us – doesn’t that mean we should be happy?
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came so that they may have life and have it abundantly.”
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