I have started walking regularly. According to my physician it’s supposed to be good for your heart. We’ll wait and see if that is true. However, to tolerate my outings I have been listening to books. I’ve been alternating between serious readings and not so serious readings. One of the serious books I listened to lately is entitled, “The Power of Habits – Why we do what we do in Life and Business” by Charles Duhigg published in 2012. The premise is clear. Habits can be change and we can rebuild those patterns in whichever way we choose. Each one of us has the ability to make changes in our lives – personally as well as corporately. We can move from unproductive habits toward fruitful paths. Duhigg is very direct and states that to modify a habit you must decide to change it. Changing a habit is not easy but when you understand the patterns it’s achievable. He goes on to say, “You must consciously accept the hard work of identifying the cues and rewards and routines that drive the habits and find alternatives.”
As the evening settled and all hydrated, I sat in my thinking chair and pondered what are the attitudes or behaviors that are unbecoming that I want to change so that I can live a more excellent life. I’m not going to reveal any conclusions and I am not really sure if you will notice. But I will.
Scripture Reading: Ephesians 4:31-5:2
“Put away from you all bitterness and wrath and anger and wrangling and slander, together with all malice and be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ has forgiven you. Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us.”
What do you need to put away?
What new habit will help you be more Christ-like?
In what ways do others see you imitating Christ?
Holy God, lead me toward successfully achieving a new way to shine your light. I want to imitate you more and live loving others as I know I am loved by you. Amen.
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