As a reforming procrastinator, I see I do not have good habits. I’m not a total loss in this department; I do some things pretty well. Generally I meet with the Lord every day, make the bed when I get up, serve breakfast at a regular time, sort the mail right away.
But that list is short. Too much of my behavior is happenstance. I often “go with the flow” – which is dribbling my life away and taking with it my potential from the Lord. The fulfillment of my calling is draining through the cracks.
I do not advocate regimentation that leaves no room for spontaneity. That would be awful.
I AM recognizing the benefits of good habits and how they fit into God’s design. Pretty amazing! He has created our brains (even our muscles) in such a way that wise habits serve us and His kingdom very well.
Good habits are a way of cooperating with Him. Unhealthy habits resist Him.
The freedom I get because I don’t have to wrestle with a decision about making my bed is pretty nice. There’s no time or energy given to mental and emotional struggle. Do it. Done. Gone.
Mail sorted into baskets, doesn’t shout for attention or clutter the table preventing its use. I’m free of it.
On the other hand, I intend to use mornings for this procrastination work, but I often allow something else to drift in and take over. I don’t stop what I’m doing to prepare dinner so we can eat at a decent time. I put off note writing until I’m embarrassed; it becomes a heaviness in my mind that I keep shoving over so I can think about something else more comfortable. And the load gets LARGE.
You know my desire to walk free. Habits fit into walking free.
Today the Lord helped me see a critical point:
Healthy habits facilitate the accomplishment of what God calls me to do.
Or, habits hinder or help what God calls me to do.
Please pray for me as I learn and share. Whether you serve the Lord as wife, mother, care giver, teacher, engineer, I pray you enjoy developing healthy habits that facilitate the accomplishment of what God calls you to do.
What’s a healthy habit you have?
Thank you for being real. Thank you for your prayers as the LORD helps me to effectively prioritize my life.
Beth Sterne says
Becky, I will gladly pray for you in this. Please do the same for me. Recognizing what should be first or what are the most important things is a challenge. Then – holding first place for them and not allowing other things to crowd them out is also a challenge. You encourage me! Thank you!