The changing of the year often initiates the reflection of our habits, especially any poor ones. Habits involving diet, sleep, and exercise are often considered. For example, my college daughter wants to develop habits of drinking more water and not sleeping in as much. Some of these habits we simply choose to adjust, while others we choose to altogether eliminate.
We should also consider what new habits to introduce. The apostle Paul instructed his protege Timothy “for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8).
This week in elementary chapel I talked about habits. There is so much power in the habits we choose. I am so grateful for the daily discipleship training my children have received through Christian schooling. But the greatest fruit came as they individually took their faith and made it their own. That is, they took all of the habits their loving parents and teachers and Pastors have taught (and required of) them, and began to choose habits of following God on their own. The beginning of a new year is a great time to commit to spending time daily through prayer and reading His Word.
You may have noticed some new faces helping with morning carline duty this week. Our Junior High boys basketball season just started up. I am coaching one of the teams, and most of our practices are in the morning before school starts. It’s nice to get the practices done for the day, but it also has interrupted my morning devotional routine. And unfortunately, my brain just doesn’t work near as well in the evenings!
God is the author of seasons, and He may call each of us to various seasons of life that provide various opportunities to spend time with Him. Still, may we each consider this year how God is standing at the door and knocking, and we just need to take some time to open the door and let him in.
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