What if you rephrased the question of “What will I give up?” to “What will I gain?”
This short blog will utilize the counseling paradigm of the BIOPSYCHOSOCIOSPIRITUAL Model that focuses on the premise that each person is a unique and complex human who is composed of a physical being, an emotional being, a relational being, and a spiritual being.
What if you decided during this Lenten season to focus on one particular area of your life – based on the above concept – and focused on what is to be gained instead of lost?
BIO = Your body
What one thing can you do each day to better your physical health?
Take note that by doing something better, you’re actually giving up something that is of much lesser quality that may be harmful for your physical health.
How would this change your view of what you eat, drink, or improve self care since you are created in the image of God and your body is a “living sacrifice?” [Romans 12:1,2]
PSYCHO = Your mind
What can you do each day to take ownership of your thoughts and choose to think on things that are “true, noble, right, pure, admirable, and honorable?” [Philippians 4:8]
Do you need to “crucify” an attitude of entitlement and, instead, focus on gratitude for 40 days?
Take note that by choosing better things to think about, you’re actually giving up thoughts of much lesser quality that may be harmful for your emotional health.
(Are you starting to see a pattern? 🙂
SOCIO = Your relationships
What can you do each day to improve the relationships in your life? No, not what OTHERS should do, but what YOU decide to do to improve your marriage, friendships, relationships with your children, etc.
Do you need to start focusing on what the people in your life are doing well as opposed to what they aren’t? Does your attitude of harshness or selfishness need to be “crucified?”
Take note that by choosing to improve the relationships in your life, you’re actually giving up the right to only seeing things from your perspective.
SPIRITUAL = Your relationship with God
How can you choose to intentionally meet with Him each day?
Take note that by choosing to improve your relationship with your Creator, you’re giving up something of much lesser quality that demands your energy and time.
Side note: You may say you don’t worship God. Well, okay. But look at WHAT or WHOM you DO worship, because we all worship something or someone. And misdirected worship never satisfies. Never has, never will.
Focus on what you’re gaining this Lenten season as opposed to what you’re giving up. It pales in comparison.
This is Hope Unveiled!