E-votional? Is this something new Chris is trying? I know, I know, it has been far too long since I have written a “weekly” e-votional. I could go back and check, but I don’t want to be more disappointed in myself! There are a myriad of reasons why it has been so long. There were a few weeks when I had too much going on and it fell to the bottom of the priority list, there were a couple of weeks where the ideas I had just couldn’t develop. Then there were weeks when I had ideas but I was just out of practice. I try to keep a rhythm to my weeks (when possible!). The e-votionals fell out of that rhythm and I got out of the habit. That is the bottom line. Everything else is just a reason (or an excuse!)
Our Habits are powerful. Habits can build up our lives or tear them down. We all agree that smoking is a bad habit that negatively affects our lives. When I was at my healthiest, I was in the habit of getting up every morning and going for a run. Those who are in the habit of expressing their feelings are more healthy emotionally, than those who are in the habit of holding their feelings in. Children who are in the habit of doing their homework or practicing their sports are going to do better than most who don’t. It is amazing how habits can positively or negatively impact our lives.
What about our spiritual lives? What about our relationships with God? Our walk in following Christ? Habits definitely make a difference! I’ve talked to many people who used to go to church but don’t anymore. There reason? They just got out of the habit! When they were going every week, they were in the habit and it became automatic. Once they stopped for a few weeks, for whatever reason, that habit was broken!
What habits can help your walk with Christ? If you don’t regularly attend worship, start there. If you do, maybe you start (or end) each day with five minutes of prayer. Maybe you pick a book in the bible and read a chapter each day. Maybe you pray together as a family before dinner. Habits can be life giving and can help us grow closer to God!
Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”