A new year has arrived!
As you find yourself scratching a bold ‘5’ over the four habitually written at the end of your dates, consider how hard it is to change a habit that only took you a year to create. Habits can be good as well as bad, and being able to write “2014” was a good habit before. It helped you get on with your life and become more efficient at the little everyday tasks so you can focus on the bigger, more important ones. But that year is over and that habit must be rewritten if you want to move yourself ahead into this new year. What other habits did you form last year? What habits have you lost that maybe need revitalizing?
In 2015, I want to encourage you to build habits! Habits are powerful and can be used for good things. In relationships, intentionally formed habits are beneficial! A habit hidden in the fabric of my family is to hug each family member when you first see them, even if it was just saw them yesterday. It is also a habit among the members of my family to end phone calls by telling the other person “I love you.” I do mean it, but because of this habit, it is certainly verbally expressed in addition to already being shown. There are times when new emphasis must be placed on the habit to keep the meaning alive, yet the habit is still there, and I have been thankful for these ingrained, good habits in my life.
Do you have spiritual habits? Praying before meals or before crawling into bed can be helpful habits, reminding you to connect again with God throughout your day and night. Beyond this, there are less common habits that can be intentionally built up, by turning to God when something unexpected happens or a stressor appears instead of turning to the things and solutions your old habits from times past would lead you to do. Creating new habits that start with a Bible by your bedside, or a creating a notification on your phone to spend time with God are helpful too! Although not a magic fix, good habits like these will go a long way in keeping you on the path you want so badly to stay on. With a whole bright new year ahead, decide today which habits you should make and which ones need reviving.