Do Something for Lent

Bestselling author Debbie Macomber shares her new practice for Lent.

By Debbie Macomber, Port Orchard, Washington


Now your attitudes and thoughts must all be constantly changing for the better. Ephesians 4:23 (TLB)

I have a notorious sweet tooth. Not only do I enjoy sampling desserts, I enjoy baking them and experimenting with recipes. So it’s no small sacrifice for me to give up sweets for Lent.

This past Lent I had lunch with a friend, and when it came time to order dessert, she asked me what looked good.

“Everything,” I told her and then explained that because it was Lent, I was abstaining. “Giving up something goes way back to my childhood. Don’t you?"

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“I used to,” she explained, “but I’ve had a change of heart."

That intrigued me. “How do you mean?"

“Well,” she said, “I decided that instead of giving up something, I would do something,"

This was sounding better by the moment. “Give me an example,” I said.

“I send a shut-in a card or make an overdue phone call to a friend or relative."

“That’s great."

“At first it seems like a task, but I come away feeling better about life. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to give up something for Lent, but I’ve discovered that the things I do become habits and that makes a positive change in my life."

I’m looking to make positive changes in my life too. I’ll continue to abstain from desserts during Lent because it’s good for me and I appreciate them more at Easter, but from now on, I’m going to do something too.

Lord, open my eyes to the needs of others and show me how I can make a difference during Lent and all year round.