Lenten commitments can be like New Year's commitments - we have grand plans and then human nature sets in and commitments dwindle.
Well - the good news about Lent is that the commitments are supposed to be hard, they are supposed to stretch us, and they are supposed to require help from God...
We are broken, weak, humans - and we need a Savior. So don't feel bad if the Lenten commitments are a struggle, it just means you're human.
Here's a few tips:
Don't go it alone - we are made for community, and community makes us better. Find a friend who knows your lenten commitment that you can check in with.
Seeing visual reminders like the decor changes in your home to purple - or a phone background (since we unlock our phones 100+ times a day) can help us stay in the season.
The 20 Second Rule
Hopefully, we acknowledge that we are weak humans - we need god. And a little strategic psychology tool can help our self discipline.
Make your new lenten commitment 20 seconds easier to accomplish:
If it's a new prayer routine you're adding - make sure your devotional/bible/(insert commitment) is within reach each morning or evening. If you're trying to listen to a podcast each day make sure the app is on your home screen. If you're trying to pray a daily rosary, keep the rosary on your counter rather than tangled up in some drawer - making these commitments QUICKER to do make them more likely to be accomplished.
Make your new lenten fast 20 seconds Harder to accomplish:
If you're trying to limit screen time, keep the remote in a different room, delete the app from your phone, or physically remove your phone from your reach during "no screen time". This makes it 20 second harder for you to break the fast...
Don't forget to enjoy our FREE Lenten Phone Backgrounds to serve as that visual reminder of the season. God Bless!