February 28

Reflection

This Lent let us fast from laziness and feast on commitment.

Physically, laziness is resistance to work or exertion and a disposition toward idleness. A greater danger is mental laziness which accepts everything that is promoted socially or politically without having the curiosity or the energy to critique it. It is one cause of prejudice and divisive opinions people may hold without any attempt to check the facts. Commitment is energetic. It is a steadfast focus on a course of action that usually arises out of personal conviction. At its best, this conviction is based in a sincere desire to follow what one understands as true and the best course. Commitment requires a willingness to work and seek answers. A committed person puts in the time to achieve a goal even the goal of contemplation and the search for God.

Prayer

Let me remember, O Lord, your call that we be salt of the earth and leaven.

Action

I will examine my own usual mental disposition. Am I mentally lazy? Where do my commitments lie?

Suggested Reading

Salt is good; but if salt has become tasteless, with what will it be seasoned? It is useless… it is thrown out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Luke 14:25-35

The truth shall make you free.
John 8:32

The most powerful weapon on earth is the human soul on fire.
Ferdinand Foch

When you’re surrounded by people who share a passionate commitment around a common purpose, anything is possible.
Howard Schultz

Commitment is an act, not a word.
Jean-Paul Sartre

I can’t imagine a person becoming a success who doesn’t give this game of life everything he’s got.
Walter Cronkite

Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality.
Abraham Lincoln

Most people fail not because lack of desire but because of lack of commitment.
Vince Lombardi

At the moment of commitment the entire universe conspires to assist you.
Goethe

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