Ash Wednesday: I Give Up!

What have you given up?
Somehow Lent has become a season where we declare to one another what we have given up.
Sacrifice was not intended to be an activity to boast about, but rather an inward activity to aid in reflection and growth.  After all a fast was not to be about giving up food; it is was to about gaining fellowship with God.

This Lenten Season give up something so that something else can be gained.
Give up an hour of television or video games to pray or study the bible;
Replace that craving for chocolate with a craving for prayer or thoughts of God could work for you?
Give up your daily trip to Starbucks in order to … Oh no! now I am meddling, but you get the idea.
What will you sacrifice?
What will you choose to say, “I Give Up!” in order to gain a more disciplined life of faith?

Find your thing or things and declare with me, “I Give Up!”
Let’s journey together this season and gain a deeper insight into Christ’s individual call on our lives.


I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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