I’m Giving Up, ‘Giving Up’, For Lent.

I never really understood the idea of GIVING UP something for Lent.  Several religious friends of mine would give up eating meat.  Others would give up a certain BEvERage or snack.  Still others would give up a hurtful habit only to pick it up again at the dawning of the post-Easter season.  That’s just didn’t make sense.  I tried giving up, but like other resolutions past, it didn’t take long for me to sneak it back into my daily repertoire of vices, sins and ills.  How defeating!

Now, instead of giving up, I take on during Lent.  My thoughts aren’t on stopping something secular, but adding something spiritual.  For instance, several years ago, I began journaling — spending time with the Lenten bible verses and writing down my impressions, musings and applications.  Other years I’ve added a different aspect of prayer.  This year, I’m adding daily “Thanks You’s” to my Lord because I have truck-loads for which to be grateful.  I’m thankful for the way He kept our family intact after That Day.  I’m thankful for how He has taken us on a step by step journey and hasn’t let our feet slip.  I’m thankful that He gave me Heaven even when I asked for Hell.  And, as the days wear on, I’m thankful that someday soon, I’ll get to hug my oldest daughter again.  All thanks to my God who sent Jesus to make it happen.

“…I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”  Jeremiah 29:11, The Message Paraphrase.

Published by Todd Stocker

I love my family, music, writing and the Minnesota Vikings!

6 thoughts on “I’m Giving Up, ‘Giving Up’, For Lent.

  1. I love your blogs and especially this one about Lent- I think I will “take something on” too!

    Thanks for being transparent and a shining example of faith. We love you all and miss you.

  2. Thank you for your continuous guidance…You are an inspiration to us all! It is amazing how God works through you….

  3. Your faith is beautiful – and ever more pleasing to The Lord for following hard after Him on a difficult path – and thanking Him, trusting Him though you cannot “see” what He has in store for you.

    I love you!

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