Thursday, October 29, 2020

The benefit of a healthy habit

From The Pastor’s Pen – By Brian Horrobin

Listen to what Albert Gray, a Prudential Life Insurance executive, said about the importance of habits back in the 1940’s: “Every single qualification for success is acquired through habit. People form habits and habits form futures. If you do not deliberately form good habits, then unconsciously you will form bad ones. You are the kind of person you are because you have formed the habit of being that kind of person, and the only way you can change is through habit.”

In the Old Testament, we read about one particular habit observed by the prophet, Daniel, who was confronted with pressure to conform to the worship and practice of the pagan nation where he was exiled.

In Daniel 6:10 it says this: “Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before.”

Eventually, Daniel would be thrown to the lions for disobeying the king’s edict, but the God in whom he trusted delivered him.

The secret to his resilience to be able to stay the course of his faith was his daily habit of prayer.

Back on January 1, 1989 I began a habit that I have kept to this day, which is to read a portion of the Bible each morning when I wake up.

At first, I found it challenging to find the time to fit this in to my routine, but now that it is a habit, my routine is geared around this time with the Lord.

What habits do you observe?

Are there some that need to go?

Conversely, are there some that need to start?

Take some time this week to think on this and see what needs to change.

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