From the fruit of their lips a person is filled with good things, as surely as the work of their hands rewards them. Proverb 12:14
You make your habits. We can make good habits, and break bad ones. This isn’t to say that we can do it all on our own without the Lord’s assistance, but it is to say that with His help, it can be done. One of the first things the Enemy tries to do is to convince us of the lie that our habits are fixed, that they’re set in stone. I think this might be part of what Paul addressed in his letter to the Philippians when he said, “Do what you learned and received from me, what I told you, and what you saw me do” (Philippians 4:9). It reminds me of the what the Lord spoke to the people of Israel through the prophet Jeremiah. Israel was being stubborn, mistreating the poor and disenfranchised, worshipping idols, and the Lord pretty much tells them they need to turn things around. He gives them this stipulation: If you really change your ways and your actions and deal with each other justly . . . then I will let you live in [Israel] (Jeremiah 7:5&7). I once heard that if you do the same thing for 21 days, then it becomes a habit. What if that’s true?
Your habits make you. I remember driving home one day and while flipping through a little talk-radio I heard this Family Values program. I remember the host said, “Mama used to say, ‘Son, you make your habits…then your habits ‘ill make you.’” At first, it reminded me of Forrest Gump (“Mama used to say…”), but the more I drove, the more it began to speak to me. Proverb 26:27 says, ”If a man digs a pit, he will fall into it.”
Bad habits are like pits. The deeper they are, the tougher they are to climb out of.
Your habits will make or break you. Paul said, “The one who sows to please the sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit will reap eternal life.” (Gal. 6:8) The things we do – our habits – either sow life or death. They either bring us closer to Christ, or push us away. They either help us or hinder us from becoming the person God wants us to be. As Rick Warren states, “Your habits will define your character.” Your character will determine your destiny.
Question of the Day:
What are some good habits I can start, or bad habits I can change?