Give Up!

It you haven’t made up your mind maybe these will help.

GIVE UP grumbling! Instead, “In everything give
thanks.” Constructive
criticism is OK, but “moaning, groaning, and
complaining” are not Christian
disciplines.

GIVE UP 10 to 15 minutes in bed! Instead, use
that time in prayer, Bible
study and personal devotion.

GIVE UP looking at other people’s worst points.
Instead concentrate on their
best points. We all have faults. It is a lot
easier to have people overlook
our shortcomings when we overlook theirs first.

GIVE UP speaking unkindly. Instead, let your
speech be generous and
understanding. It costs so little to say
something kind and uplifting. Why
not check that sharp tongue at the door?

GIVE UP your hatred of anyone or anything!
Instead, learn the discipline of
love. “Love covers a multitude of sins.”

GIVE UP your worries and anxieties! Instead,
trust God with them. Anxiety is
spending emotional energy on something we can do
nothing about: like
tomorrow! Live today and let God’s grace be
sufficient.

GIVE UP TV one evening a week! Instead, visit
some lonely or sick person.
There are those who are isolated by illness or
age. Why isolate yourself in
front of the “tube?” Give someone a precious
gift: your time!

GIVE UP buying anything but essentials for
yourself! Instead, give the money
to God. The money you would spend on the luxuries
could help someone meet
basic needs. We are called to be stewards of
God’s riches, not consumers.

GIVE UP judging by appearances and by the
standard of the world! Instead,
learn to give up yourself to God. There is only
one who has the right to
judge, Jesus Christ.

Rev. Craig Gates, Jackson, MS, “WHAT TO GIVE UP
FOR LENT”

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