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20 Things to give up for Lent aside from meat

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This Lenten season, food and soda aren't the only things you can sacrifice. Check out this list for other, more meaningful options.

Each Lenten season, many Christians prepare for a period of reflection and repentance.

During this time---which takes place from Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday---Christians pray, repent, give alms, atone for their sins, and embrace the practice of self-denial.

In line with this, they take into account what habits and areas of their lives they need to "give up" as a form of sacrifice to show their devotion.

Contrary to popular knowledge, indulgences such as fast food and soda aren't the only things one can abstain from during the season.

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Here are some unique options for Christians who want to commit to a more meaningful sacrifice this season, based on a list written by pastor and writer, Phil Ressler.

  1. Impatience: Trust that God's timing is perfect.
  2. Fear of Failure: The road to success is not without failure; keep pressing on.
  3. Feeling Unworthy: "You are fearfully and wonderfully made by your creator." Psalm 139:14
  4. Your Comfort Zone: Stepping out of your shell is how you discover and grow.
  5. Comparing yourself to others: Appreciate your uniqueness.
  6. People Pleasing: You can't please everyone, so focus on striving to please God.
  7. Guilt: Leave the past behind, acknowledging how Christ has forgiven you.
  8. Blaming others: Learn to take responsibility of your actions.
  9. Hatred: Cultivate a loving spirit and "do not be overcome by evil"
  10. Pride: Be humble at all times and you will be blessed.
  11. Envy: Refrain from jealousy; your worth is not measured by your bank account.
  12. Selfish ambition: Value God's will over your own plans.
  13. Worry: Remind yourself that God is in control. Don't fear.
  14. Complaining: Appreciate your blessings, big or small. Be part of the solution, not the problem.
  15. Bitterness: You only hurt yourself if you cling to negative feelings.
  16. Destructive speech: Build each other up and keep away from gossip.
  17. Giving up: God never gave up on us, so we must never give up on ourselves.
  18. Busyness: Keeping busy doesn't always lead to prosperity. Enrich yourself through spiritual pursuits, too.
  19. Apathy: Not caring can be harmful. Be invested in your community, as much as you are in your own life's journey.
  20. Resistance to Change: Change is inevitable. Embrace it.

View Pastor Phil's full list on Greater Things Today.

READ: 20 Questions kids ask about Lent, Holy Week and Easter

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