4o days to change
March 1, 2017

Giving Up Negativity

By: Catherine Henderson [Madison, AL]

Ephesians 4:31–32 asks us to consider both giving up and doing more.

For Lent, people often give up physical possessions or indulgences, such as sweets. However, we can also give up things for Lent that are not tangible, such as thoughts or attitudes. For instance, we could give up complaining or being negative.

During this Lenten season, I encourage you to catch any negative thoughts that cross your mind and replace them with positive ones. If you’re feeling negative about yourself, stop and name your positive qualities. Don’t dwell on what’s wrong with your life, but look for the good in every situation. If your negative thoughts are about someone else, throw them out! Try to see that person as God does.


Giving up negative thoughts is one of the hardest things I have ever tried to do; but it has changed my life, helping me to turn away from destructive behavior and back to God. Changing our attitudes can be difficult; but over time, we will see an amazing transformation. Plus, the less time we spend being negative, the more time we have to focus on God’s word.

TRY IT: Over the next 40 days, be intentional about letting go of negativity. Don’t expect it to happen quickly, but practice with the hope that change will come and that it will stay. Go for it! Forty days could easily turn into a lifetime.

Levi Himes, 23 [Indianapolis, IN]

Try Adding Something New

Plan to read the Bible each day during Lent. Then help others to see God’s glory and blessings by writing a poem, posting a picture, creating a dance, making a collage, singing a song, or helping a friend.

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