Breaking Habits


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A habit is an acquired behavior or thought pattern that you have repeated so many times that it has become almost unconscious. As you likely already know, habits can be both helpful and harmful. (See link at the end of this post.)

If we have a habit that is less than Christ-like, we must first identify that habit, then work to change it. If you want to break a habit, it feels odd. It turns out there is science behind that. (See link.) However, with Christ’s help we can do anything, including changing unpleasant or unfruitful habits.

I have a habit of checking my email and Facebook account too often. Breaking that habit could free me up to do other things. I used to watch a lot of TV. Now I rarely watch it. I managed to break an unfruitful habit. I know I can change other habits.

I bet we all have some habits we can change for the better, but it will take time. The average time it takes to break a habit is 66 days (see link.) You will have to work at changing the habit; Christ wants to help.

Philippians 4:13

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

1 Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. 

Ephesians 4:22-24

To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. 

Romans 12:1-2

I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 

Here’s an interesting article on breaking habits. It’s geared toward business and careers, however, the ideas can apply to everyday life as well.

http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/bad-habits.htm

Blessings on your day.

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To Halloween or Not?


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I’m looking at the items I need to create a Halloween costume for work. It’s not a difficult project; I should have it made in 30 minutes or less. However, the materials are just sitting there because I’m not a big fan of Halloween. What’s the point of scaring people – it’s just plain mean. Wish someone a Happy Halloween. then scare them. It doesn’t make sense. What really concerns me is the idea of celebrating death and witchcraft. Every other day of the year we want to celebrate life and love.

I know it is fun for the cute little kids, in their fun little costumes, running door to door begging for candy. (How did this odd tradition get started anyway?)

The answer – Halloween is big business. Even with the economy down, people are still participating in this fall holiday. Adults seem to enjoy it more than the kiddos. Have you noticed how many costumes are designed for adults? My office has gotten involved – with cash prizes. The staff has been talking about it for two weeks.

Which brings me back to the costume. Participation is not mandatory, but if I don’t participate I will be the only one who doesn’t. And I have a bit of a competitive streak in me. So with cash on the line, I’ll dress up – in a friendly, clever outfit.

 

Driving Privileges


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Proverbs 22:6 (NASB)

Train up a child in the way he should go,
Even when he is old he will not depart from it.

My teenage son is driving. That’s a scary thought for a parent. But we have to let our children grow up. It’s best for him to learn safe driving practices while he has us in the car with him. We can guide him and help him develop the experience he needs when he is driving alone.

It’s also best for him to learn to live the Christian life while we can guide him and help him. He will be on his own very soon, and learning to live the Christian life on his own. I think the world system, and desire for instant gratification, is especially hard on our young people. They need all the support and guidance they can get.

What are you doing to guide the next generation? 

Psalm 145:4

One generation shall praise Your works to another,
And shall declare Your mighty acts.

 

 

 

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A Harvest


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 Psalm 67:6

The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.

We are having a glorious autumn here in Texas. One of the things I enjoy most about the fall (besides cooler weather) is harvest time. We have a pecan tree in our backyard. We have been blessed with pecans every year since we planted it, but this is the first year we are reaping a bountiful harvest. I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving dinner. We will be able to serve something we grew. There are so many pecans, I will even be able to freeze some to bake with long after Thanksgiving dinner is a memory. What a blessing!

Autumn is just one of four seasons. That reminds me that those pecans didn’t grow overnight, or during one season. The tree had to be planted. Someone had to water it. The tree needed time to grow. It needed to receive nutrients from the soil and light from the sun. It grew for several years, until it was able to produce the harvest we are now enjoying.

I think the Christian life is like this. The seed of God’s word must be planted by a loving person willing to share the gospel. Mature Christians nurture new Christians along in their spiritual walk, for a long time. Eventually, the new Christian grow deep roots, and then they too bear fruit. 

Galatians 6:9

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Is there someone you can encourage today?

Blessings on your day.

 

 

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Time to Plant Trees


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We’re told the fall is a good time of year to plant trees, if we are willing to provide them with the water they need to let their roots become established. Come Spring, those trees will flourish because their root systems have had time to become anchored.

We all need spiritual water to let our roots become more fully established, and anchored in God’s Word. Be sure to take some time to feed your own soul.

Psalm 1:3

That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.

 

Blessings on your day.

The Safety of the Lighthouse


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“Anxiously you ask, ‘Is there a way to safety? Can someone guide me? Is there an escape from threatened destruction?’ The answer is a resounding yes! I counsel you: Look to the lighthouse of the Lord. There is no fog so dense, no night so dark, no gale so strong, no mariner so lost but what its beacon light can rescue. It beckons through the storms of life. It calls, ‘This way to safety; this way to home.”

– Thomas S. Monson