Are you a morning coffee drinker? Do you get up at the same time each day? Does the sound of your tv lull you to sleep each night? Habits happen without us even realizing they exist. We start doing something one day and weeks later we’re still doing it. Often we don’t even see the pattern our lives are conforming to.
Some habits are worth not breaking. Eating healthy food requires discipline and deliberate thought into our meal choices, but the payoff far exceeds the effort. It’s a habit that yields great results. Some habits stick around much longer than we anticipated. Avoiding housework, procrastinating over laundry, failing to pay bills or just allowing our lives to be consumed with distractions creates a repetitive pattern of chaos for our lives. It’s a habit that yields frustration and hasty reactions. Some habits slip in disguised as justification and quickly swirl into character traits we wish we could shake off. Grumbling slides in when things don’t happen the way we envisioned. We awaken one morning and allow our unmet expectations to saturate our thoughts with all the reasons why we deserve something better. It’s a habit that steals our joy and keeps us bound with chains of disappointment.
While it takes a few weeks for an action to click over to a habit, breaking that behavior requires determination, conscious effort and perseverance. It’s a job too big for us, but one that is tailor made for our God. When we seek His help in daily rising above life-defeating patterns, we will form a habit that is worth not breaking.
“Father, You have already loosed the chains and set us free – help us to create life infusing habits that glorify Your name.”
For His Glory
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