Although protestants are not required to give up anything for Lent, I sometimes try to do it as a way to remember what Jesus went through before his crucifixion. Rather than just give up chocolate, I prefer to try to give up some bad habits. Many years ago I found this list and stuck it away. Cleaning out files and decluttering, I recently came across it and wanted to share it with you as Lent is now approaching.
What to give up for Lent
Give up grumbling. Instead, “in everything give thanks.”
Give up 5 to 10 minutes in bed. Instead, use that time in prayer.
Give up looking at other people’s worst points. Instead, concentrate on their best ones.
Give up speaking unkindly. Instead, let your speech be generous and understanding.
Give up your worries. Instead, trust God with them.
Give up hatred or dislike of anyone. Instead, learn to love.
Give up the fear that prevents Christian witness. Instead, seek courage to speak of your faith to others.
Give up spending so much time with newspapers and magazines. Instead, use some of that time to study your Bible.
Give up TV one evening a week. Instead, visit some lonely or sick person.
Give up buying anything but essentials for yourself. Instead, give that money to God’s work or someone in need.
Give up judging by appearances and by the standards of the world. Instead, learn to give up yourself to God.
Deacon for Parishes 14 & 15