Philippians 2:5-8 ...Have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: ...he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant… he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

The church-year season of Lent began this week, on Ash Wednesday. Whether or not you decided to give something up for Lent, the season helps us focus on the attitude and work of Jesus summarized in these verses, written by St. Paul to the Philippians. Jesus gave up virtually everything to humbly serve as our substitute and Savior.
If giving up something for Lent helps you focus on that truth and that Savior, go ahead and give it up -- not because doing so makes you better or earns God’s favor, but because it regularly and repeatedly brings to mind what Jesus gave up for you and what this means for you. Today and forever.