But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by practice to distinguish good from evil. (Hebrews 5:14)
When I was in Jr. High and High School I was good at starting projects, but not as good at finishing them. I loved the idea of the new and shiny. The minute things got difficult, or frustrating, it felt easier to just move on to the next shiny, new thing. What I had done, inadvertently, was create a habit of not following through. After my first semester of college, this bad habit was also adversely affecting my school work. I needed to make a change.
First, I committed to making sure I finished my reading, all my reading for each class, each day. If I was confused or frustrated, I promised myself I would make an appointment with my professor. It worked and I expanded it to other aspects of my life. If I started a novel or fun book, if I was still reading after 25 pages, I would commit to finishing it. It became habit, and when I made a commitment to a volunteer program, I would see it through for at least one year.
I’ve been far from perfect in this endeavor, but I can say it has been a habit, and when I didn’t live up to my goal, it felt uncomfortable. Even when I felt like I failed, the habit helped me realize I was on the right path.
Our faith in God is a habit. The Christian faith requires a weekly worship habit. It requires a Scripture reading/devotional habit. It requires a compassion, peace, and justice habit. It requires a community habit. These habits are not always easy, but the healthy habits bring clear direction and strong faith.
Today, think about the habits in your life. I am not talking about the bad habits. I am talking about the good habits. How have you been able to accomplish the things you’ve done in your life? Any success comes from good habits. What habits can you continue to nurture, so you can make persistent, positive change? Supporting and creating positive habits will strengthen your faith, and bring wholeness to your life. God will use and bless your positive habits, now, and for the rest of your life.