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.
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.
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.
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.
Blessings on your day.
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