The Challenge slowly builds up to the 47. We start with only 1 on Ash Wednesday. Anyone can perform 1 positive act. Increasing the number by only 1 each day ensures that the next day will require only a little more effort. As people get further along, they’ll start to see that’s it’s not as difficult as they thought it would be to perform the acts. They’ll also start noticing more opportunities to perform positive acts in their daily lives – opportunities that they hadn’t noticed before (because they’re now in a different mindset). In fact, some people may find themselves performing more than the number they’re supposed to for a given day…
Some people may not be able to get up to 47 – that’s fine. The important thing is that they’re trying – which puts them into a new mindset, where they’re looking for opportunities to perform positive acts.
A prayer counts as a positive act. Anyone can say a prayer…anywhere…at any time. The homeless person you passed on the sidewalk…say a prayer for them. The woman walking with a limp…say a prayer for her. The paralyzed boy in the wheelchair…say a prayer for him. And his family.
- To help you out, we’re creating a page on our site dedicated to prayers. Everyone could use some prayers…some more than others. This page will contain prayer requests from people all over the world. Please take a few minutes to read some of them, and say a few prayers for them. In fact, you may even decide to post a message yourself – asking others to say a prayer for you.
- Even if you don’t leave your house during the day, you can still keep up with your daily quota of Lenten Positive Acts – by visiting the “prayer” page, and saying prayers for some of the people who posted their requests. You may even find yourself going beyond the number of positive acts you’re aiming to perform that day.
You can always participate in the regular Challenge, as opposed to the advanced Challenge. Instead of increasing the number of positive acts you perform by 1 per day, you increase the daily number by 1 per week.