I’ve started thinking about things I could give up or take out of my regular routine to provide space for God to shape my heart and mind. Maybe you’re wondering what you could give up for Lent that could make a long lasting difference in your relationship with God and with those around you. Consider these with me:
If I’m honest, I find things to complain about. Now I don’t think I’m the kind of guy who walks around brewing negativity all the time, but I certainly have little complaints that seem to add up over a week’s time. I wonder how much of my life would change if I stopped complaining about the little things and starting being thankful about the little things, actually speaking positively and choosing to have words that were pleasing to God and those around me. Philippians 2:14-18
I really do want to love people more than I do myself. I don’t want to serve myself because serving others makes me happier and proves God’s love in my life. I believe that…. but I am still selfish. I make small decisions all the time that about me. Selfishness is a hard one to admit for me. I don’t want to believe that I have a selfish tendency. A question I’m wrestling Who in my day had a better day because of me? Romans 12:9-21
The unknown bothers us, doesn’t it? Not the unknown that were excited about like an upcoming event but the unknown that brings fear and anxiety into the day. I worry. Do you? I worry mostly about my kids, my family, my finances, my job, my success.. my my my… enough already! If I could spend less time worrying about my unknowns this season, then I could have more time to worship and be thankful to God for what I do have and the promises I have hope in. Matthew 6:25-34
Lord, forgive me for complaining and help me become more thankful.
Lord, forgive me for serving myself and help me love people around me more.
Lord, forgive me for worrying about tomorrow and help me thank You more for what I have.