What to “Give Up” This Year
Give up grumbling. Instead “In everything give thanks.”
Give up 10 to 15 minutes in bed. Instead, use that time in prayer.
Give up looking at other people’s worst points. Instead, concentrate on their best ones.
Give up speaking unkindly. Instead, let your speech be generous and understanding.
Give up your worries. Instead, trust God with them.
Give up hatred or dislike of anyone. Instead, learn to love.
Give up the fear which prevents Christian witness. Instead, seek courage to speak of your faith to others.
Give up spending so much time with newspapers and magazines. Instead, use some of that time to study your Bible.
Give TV and Internet one evening a week. Instead, visit some lonely or sick person.
Give up buying anything but essentials for yourself. Instead, give that money to God’s work or someone in need.
Give up judging by appearances and by the standards of the world. Instead, learn to give up yourself to God.