Letting Go of Time Fillers


Today is the beginning of lent, a great time to re-evaluate how you spend your time. People are talking about giving up things. The original purpose was to give up things to strengthen your self-discipline and to make room in your life for extra praying, fasting and giving.

What in your life is not contributing to your life? What can you let go of to make room for what matters? What do you waste time doing too often?

Some people are talking about giving up Facebook, Pinterest, news, TV, magazines, gaming, complaining or gossip.

If you let go some something, what would have have time for? One person I know if giving up facebook to have more time to do things she loves to do like sew and get out into nature. Another is using the time to help her sister plan her wedding. Maybe you could re-discover your spiritual life. Or learn to cook. Or gather with friends more often. Or declutter. Or catch up on your reading. Maybe you could discover what volunteering would light you up.

What are you longing for in your life?

How different would your life be if you gave up the easy time fillers for some real renewal in your life? Even for just a little time. What are you going to do?


  • Laura says:

    I’m giving up Twitter. For a year or so now, I’ve been noticing how often I turn to my phone simply to log on and say something and get a response, or see what everyone else was up to. My son is almost 14 months old. This spring, this summer, this year in general, he’s walking now, and there will be so much more to experience with him. I don’t want Twitter to suck all of that out of me because I’m so concerned with talking to my friends or checking out the latest happenings. It was the most obvious thing for me to give up, and already, after just a few hours, I’m noticing a big difference. I played with my son this morning, we had a nice breakfast that I took the time to make beyond just frozen waffles and milk, and I dove right into my daily devotionals all without a single tweet. 🙂

  • Maggie says:

    First, just wanted to say God Bless You and your family. I know this year was tough since your son’s death but you have carried on with faith and diligence. We, who enjoy your blog, are saddened for you.
    Second, this Lent I want to reduce the amount of time I spend playing on my DS. Every evening after dinner I start playing a game and it just goes on and on. If I spend less time doing that, I can finish the quilt I started for my husband and declutter my sewing room. So, my goal will be to play only 2 of the 7 nights each week. I’ll let you know how it works out.

  • Beth says:

    Thanks Maggie. You are so sweet. How is your goal going?

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