We don’t worship the habit, but habits help us worship.
Why is it a battle to meet with God by ourselves on a consistent basis? One reason: we forget.
We forget how much we need God.
We forget how much He loves us.
We forget we don’t have to do this life of ours alone.
What helps us not forget? One thing: a robust habit.
One morning I woke up feeling frustrated about the remodel which means I was mad at my husband AND I was frustrated at my daughter in the curfew interpretation area. (One can get straight A’s but not figure out timing issues. I won’t mention which one.)
I hadn’t gotten a lot of sleep. But I sat down with my coffee and read my next page of my devotional. Guess what it was? Matthew 11:28 –
Jesus said, “Come unto Me and I will give you rest.”
So I did. He invited. I RSVP’d. I gave Him my thoughts and feelings, anger and frustration. I came to Him and laid them at His feet.
It made all the difference. I’ve heard that verse all my life. But I needed reminding. Habits remind us. And He gave me rest.
He released me from myself for the rest of the day. It was almost a physical transition of my burdens onto Him.
It wouldn’t have happened if my habit weren’t already in place: spending time with Jesus at the beginning of my day.
We don’t value habits for habits’ sake – but for how God uses them to draw us closer to Himself. Habits help us become who God created us to be.
Is it still a war? Of course, but godly habits are half the battle. Go for it and let me know how it goes.
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