I've heard it said that it takes about 40 days to change an old habit or instill a new one. Guess how long Lent is? It is 40 days, just long enough to get rid of an old habit and start a new one. We often hear of people "giving up" something for Lent. Really, the idea is not to give something up for the 40 days, but to get rid of a bad habit permanently. If we smoke, for instance, we shouldn't give it up for 40 days and then start again, we should give it up and not return to it again.
And who couldn't use a good new habit? Saying only kind words to people. Saying "thank you" more often. Using the turn signal when we drive. Making a phone call to one friend a day just to say "hello." There are hundreds of possibilities.
The idea of "doing something" for Lent is to be a better, perhaps healthier, Christian at the end of the 40 days. 'Tis a worthy goal, and each year we have another chance to accomplish something worthwhile.
For Reflection: Lent begins Wednesday. Do I have a habit I need to get rid of? What about adopting a new habit?
Let us pray. Jesus, I don't want to do something for Lent just to be doing something. I want to do it because you want me to. What shall I do for Lent this year? And will you please help me with it?
I started this website and blog on May 1, 2012. I am a Catholic who has been in ministry for many years. I first developed what I would call a close relationship with Jesus in the early 1970s. Ever since then I have been praying with people for healing and other needs. It is because I have seen so many of these prayers answered that I am so bold as to offer to pray for you individually through this website and phone line.