We hear it all the time this time of year.
“What did you give up for Lent?”
“I’m giving up bread.”
“I’m going to try to cut out soda.”
The list goes on and on. Whether or not you actively participate in Lent, the basics are truly admirable. This time of year is about making a conscious effort to eliminate habits in your life that keep you from God, and reflecting on the ways you may have been putting your faith on the back burner. While it’s great to cut unhealthy foods from your diet during Lent, let’s not forget the more important habits we should be cutting from our lives – skipping prayer time, gossiping, being unkind to one another, and more.
This Lenten season, we should all do a little digging to uncover what we each need to work on in order to allow for a beautiful, thriving relationship with God. Ultimately we must teach our children that Lent is not only about giving something up, but also about giving of themselves to God in ways that they believe they can. As we continue through this season of Lent, it is important to remember the sacrifice God made for us through Jesus Christ, and that He did it out of love for us. Lent is a beautiful time to make such sacrifices of love – for God, for our well being, and for others – that will help build our relationship with Him and will allow us to share God’s love with others.
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