I listened to a Podcast, which first got me wondering what the difference is between a podcast and a recorded interview or conversation between people. So let me start there. Wikipedia states: “A podcast is an episodic series of spoken-word digital audio files that a user can download to a personal device for easy listening. Streaming applications and podcasting services provide a convenient and integrated way to manage a personal consumption queue across many podcast sources and playback devices.” The term Podcast is a combination of iPod and Broadcast. (It’s Monday and I figured many of you are filled with enough grace to endure.) The podcast was by Dr. Phillippa Lally titled Habits and Health. Dr. Lally is a Research Associate in Health Psychology at the University College of London. I discovered Dr. Lally because she published a study in the European Journal of Social Psychology.  Dr. Lally and her research team decided to figure out just how long it actually takes to form a habit. After studying 96 people over a 12 week period, they determined, on average, it takes more than 2 months before a new behavior becomes automatic — 66 days to be exact. And how long it takes a new habit to form can vary widely depending on the behavior, the person, and the circumstances. In Lally’s study, it took anywhere from 18 days to 254 days for people to form a new habit. For those of us who like to move fast, remember to be patient. Things take time to evolve.

Scripture Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:33
“Do not be deceived: Bad company ruins good morals.”

Reflection Questions:
What habits helps you live a better life?
What new habit would you like to form?
Why does having good morals matter in relationships?

Prayer: Holy God, let me sit quietly with you today without noise and interruptions. Help me to be more patient as I journey deeper into what pleases you.  Amen.