Mar 10 2017

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10 Things You Should Abandon Right Now

The Five Minute Friday word is abandon. Abandon means to “give up completely (a course of action, a practice, or a way of thinking).” This word sounds cold and cruel—a cut and run kind of word—but there are things in our life that don’t belong. Abandon the things that don’t belong.

Giving up these things is hard. It’ll take work, mostly because keeping them is easy. But when we cut these things out of our lives, we are making room for what is good.

In each of these “abandon right now” things, think of what good thing will fill its place. Imagine how your life would be better without these ten things.

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10 Things You Should Abandon Right Now


  1. A quarrel. Once you know it’s building, get out of it fast.“Starting a quarrel is like opening a floodgate, so stop before a dispute breaks out.”

    Proverbs 17:14 NLT

  2. The love of money. You need money, but loving money will drive all sorts of evil in your life.“For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”

    1 Timothy 6:10 NLT

  3. Complaining. This is so easy to do, but it’s destructive to your heart and to those around who listen.“Do everything without complaining and arguing,”

    Philippians 2:14 NLT

  4. Lies. This includes lies we say and lies we believe in our hearts. Lies don’t belong. Be a lie detector on yourself and kick those lies to the curb.“For the Scriptures say, “If you want to enjoy life and see many happy days, keep your tongue from speaking evil and your lips from telling lies.”

    1 Peter 3:10 NLT

  5. Foolishness. This will ruin your life.“People ruin their lives by their own foolishness and then are angry at the LORD.”

    Proverbs 19:3 NLT

  6. Thoughts that don’t pass the Philippians 4:8 test. Memorize this list and use it to check your thoughts.“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.”

    Philippians 4:8 NLT

  7. Worry. There’s an answer to worry: pray. Do that instead.“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.”

    Philippians 4:6 NLT

  8. Laziness. Proverbs says that a lazy person thinks he’s smart, but it also says a lazy person will be poor, a slave, and get little and want much.“Never be lazy, but work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.”

    Romans 12:11 NLT

  9. Unforgiveness, bitterness, grudges. As we have been forgiven, we ought to forgive.“Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

    Ephesians 4:32 NLT

  10. Weight that slows us down. We are to take out anything that is keeping us from running the race God has set before us. If it is keeping you from walking, running, toward the prize of godliness, get rid of it.“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.”

    Hebrews 12:1 NLT


What one thing will you abandon today?

This list is too long to focus on all of them at once. Pray and ask God which one is a good start.

The first one of getting in a quarrel is one I need to actively leave. As a parent, it’s easy for me to get sucked into a fight with my kids. Before I know it, I’m doing or saying things I regret. Instead of arguing, I need to pull away and calm myself down. Then I need to pray and re-engage my children equipped with God’s wisdom. I want to love my kids well not argue with them.

A positive note about abandon

God promises to never abandon us. When we get rid of things in our life that don’t belong, it’s one way we aren’t abandoning ourselves. Abandon the things that don’t belong. Don’t abandon you.

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  1. Susan

    Definitely sharing this. What a great post!

    1. Cheryl


  2. Lesley

    I love your take on this word, Cheryl. We tend to think of abandoning something as being negative but these are all things we definitely should be abandoning. I think worry and complaining are the two I need to ley go of.

    1. Cheryl

      Thanks. I’m glad God gives direction on how to combat both of these. For worry, we have prayer. For complaining, we have gratitude.

  3. Jeannie Prinsen

    This is good. I like how you encourage us to make it specific and personal and to start with one that really speaks to us. Worry is a big one for me.

    Jeannie (#45 in FMF linkup)

  4. Amy

    Great list–challenging! Definitely want to work on #6! “Abandon the things that don’t belong.”

    1. Cheryl

      I’m with you on that. The thoughts have a powerful affect on so much of life.

      I’ve been thinking about this question: What are things I should stop doing?

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