Romans 12:1 (MSG) So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.
The season of Lent has arrived. I never really got into the practice of giving something up for Lent. It seemed meaningless, and often self-serving, to me. But lately I’ve started looking deeper at what it could mean if I approached the concept more thoughtfully. Someone recently shared with me the thought-provoking question, “What is the number one thing that, if I stopped doing it, would have the biggest positive impact on my life?” While not specifically related to Lent, it sure brought a new depth to the act of giving something up for a larger purpose. My initial thoughts included things like: decluttering and donating a bag of stuff every day; stop watching TV in the evenings and use that time more productively; stay away from Facebook and my regular dose of indignation. I even progressed to the uncomfortable idea of daily giving up a feeling of resentment, frustration, anger, judgement, etc. Any of these could have a positive impact on my life and growth in faith, especially if I stay focused on the why of it. In fact, this sounds like a spiritual discipline. Taking 40 days to ‘give up to God’ any of these things is starting to sound like a pretty good idea – one that brings me closer to my Father.
Father, Thank you for continually opening my eyes to new lessons. Help me to listen and act in ways that bring glory to you. Amen.
This devotion was written by Suzan Lund as a way to encourage women to know, love and serve God.