Thoughts on Lent 1: Remake Habits

By Wendy Murray

Lent is time to rethink old habits and, where necessary, remake them. It is more manageable to create new habits as a means of breaking old ones.

This involves penetrating that invisible holy space where for now certain patterns follow comfortable courses. To displace the sovereignty of these habits, it is necessary to enter this space in the attempt to wrench comfortable courses in another direction. It involves will, cognition, intention and patience.

In time these sovereign habits will be turned, but they are stubborn. You will feel taxed by the persistence required to affect meaningful change.

Think of it in terms of inches. Think of one small thing that you might do differently to put a wedge into the unproductive habit. Find a different place to sit. Change the music you listen to. Use a different internet browser. Set a different time to arise from your bed. All of these, in small ways, will begin to turn the tide.

And pray. I see angels attending battered nerves.

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Lent: The chance to give ground to holiness

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About Wendy Murray

Wendy Murray is a veteran and award-winning journalist. She served as associate editor and Senior Writer at Christianity Today magazine and has written extensively for other publications such as Books & Culture and The Christian Century. She has written 11 books.


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