giving vs. giving up

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This lent, as per usual, the statuses plague my Facebook feed with “This lent I’m giving up….” As a Lutheran, I have never made myself “give up” anything for Lent. In my opinion, Jesus gave it all so that we don’t have to. I understand that some people feel good making a sacrifice for Lent, but this season I’ve decided to do something else.

I’ve decided to GIVE this season. I’m going to give my all, I’m going to give my time, my smile, my talents, my hugs, my love, my giggles, my stories, my passions… I’m going to give of myself. I’m not going to give up something like junk food (that makes me happy) or social media (let’s be honest here). Instead I’ve just decided to give. I’m going to give because I believe that THAT is what Lent is about.

Regardless of whether or not you decide to give something up this Lenten season, consider trying to GIVE more.

Last night at my service, our pastor spoke about how sin is our way of continually proving that we are not God. The cross on our forehead is our way of saying, “We know. We are yours. Thank you for saving us.”

God has absolutely called me this last year, or there is no way that I would be writing a blog post about my faith. God has called me as his own, he has saved in a way that was right before my eyes. It has been nearly one year since, and I now know why.

Last night, Our pastor had the most amazing sermon: God’s love for us & our purpose in God’s eyes… relates to Toy Story 2. Even when Woody wanders astray and believes that Andy no longer needs him and he must find a way to fulfill his purpose elsewhere, he looks down at his boot and sees his name written there, calling him home with love and everlasting adoration. The cross on my forehead tonight reminds me of my baptism and how God has called me as his own.

God’s gifts keep on giving. So this Lent, I’m going to GIVE instead of giving up.

What can you give?

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“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy,and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” – Matthew 6: 20-21

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#blessed.

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