In the days just prior to Lent's beginning, it's fairly common to hear people discussing what they will be giving up. Denying oneself a favorite thing, or activity may help us to simulate the 40 days when Christ was in the deserted, repeatedly tempted by Satan. The goal? To come out on the other side, Easter, renewed in our faith with a strengthened spirit. But what if "Giving up" became "Giving: Up!"? That may illustrate a subtle difference grammatically, sure, but has the potential to reflect a big difference in personal growth at the end of Lent!
What is the difference? The difference lies in the details of what is given up (or given, in the case of things done vs not done), the joy with which the giving up is done, and the savoring of the experience.
Pastor Phil, from the Church of the Good Shepherd wrote a beautiful blog entry about the practice of giving up, which I think is a great example of Giving: Up.
Check it out: 20 things to give up for lent. By Pastor Phil
We are in Lent for nearly 40 more days. Make the most of each day!