Whether we want to admit it or not, our lives are nothing more than a bundle of habits.
We get into rhythms, and they become our life: who we hang out with, where we hang out, what route we take to work, what we do at work, what the first, second, and third thing is we do when we first wake up, whether we look at our phone first or our Bible first.
You are your habits.
But the exciting thing is you can change your habits!
This is a true saying:
“Sow a thought, reap an act. Sow an act, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny.”
It all begins with a thought.
Should I check my social media right now, my email, my texts, or do my 30 for 30?
Choose your 30 for 30. And if you do it consistently for the rest of the month, you will have developed a new habit – a habit that will benefit you far more than anything else you could choose to do.
DEFINITIONS OF “HABIT”: (Webster’s II Dictionary)
“An established disposition of the character.”
“A continual, often unconscious inclination to do a certain activity, acquired through frequent repetition.”
The question you need to ask yourself is this:
“What am I going to do differently so I can experience a different outcome?”
Hopefully, it is developing a more consistent habit of being in the Word and prayer.
Here are a couple of great verses about developing the habit of prayer and the Word:
“Base your happiness on your hope in Christ. When trials come, endure them patiently; steadfastly maintain THE HABIT OF PRAYER.” Rom. 12:12 (Ph)
“The one who looks steadily at God’s perfect law (The Bible) … and makes that law his HABIT – not listening and then forgetting, but actively putting it into practice, will be happy in all that he does.” James 1:25 (Ph)
Another definition of a habit is:
“A customary practice”
This reminds me of one of my favorite Bible characters – Daniel.
When those who were jealous of Daniel wanted to get rid of him, they had the king sign a decree that anyone who prayed to any other god besides Nebuchadnezzar himself would be put to death.
What does the Bible say Daniel did in response to this decree?
“Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.” Daniel 6:10 NKJ
The key phrase in this passage is, “as was his custom since early days”. This explains how he had the strength to defy the king’s decree.
It is through daily prayer and reading the Bible that you will acquire the divine strength you need to face life’s toughest challenges.
Did you know that even Jesus Himself needed strength to do the will of God?
We see this as He was about to be arrested and taken through His trial and crucifixion:
“And He was withdrawn from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and prayed, saying, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.’ Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him.” Luke 22:41-43 NKJ
Don’t feel bad because you feel weak. Even Jesus needed strength from God.
God will strengthen you too as you seek Him like Jesus did in His time of need.
“Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face evermore!” 1 Chronicles 16:11 NKJ.
Think About It
- What habit would you like to change in your life? What habit will you replace it with?
- What habits are helping you draw closer to God. What habits are drawing you away from God?
- What does knowing that you can change your habits do for you?