I used to have a bad habit of biting my hangnails. Eww, right? But when I was nervous or uncertain, my fingers would drift up to my mouth and I’d find myself with red cuticles and a mouthful of dead skin. Not really, but you get my meaning. I did it without thought, without choosing to. (And you can see in the picture that I don’t do that anymore. Though I do pick at my cuticles when I’m nervous or bored – still working on that one!)

That’s what habits are, the things we do without thinking about it. What do you do without thinking?

I know I have some good habits. I give my kids hugs and kisses without thinking about it. I pray when distressed without thinking about it. Even when I’m not distressed.

But I also have some bad habits. I get frustrated and angry for the not-so-good-stuff that all kids do. I reach for my phone when I need a distraction rather than my kids. I let myself get distracted from stuff that needs done too easily.

My husband and I have both been talking about our bad habits and how we can start to kick them. So this week, my plan is to post every day (Monday through Friday) about molding habits to something that is more beneficial and less detrimental. Of course, this side of heaven, none of us will be able to completely kick all of our bad habits. But by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can improve. And encourage each other to do the same.

If you’re comfortable, comment with one bad habit that you’d like to work at kicking with me. I shared three of mine (not that I’m guilting you into sharing or anything šŸ˜‰ ).

Remember this verse? “…whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Cor 10:31b). While it is likely a simplification of the meaning behind the verse, I think it still applies. I want all of my actions – even the ones I do without thinking – to be ones that glorify and honor my Lord. Hence this mini-campaign. I know my frustration and distraction and laziness are not God-pleasing. I pray that He will strengthen me to do better, to live in service to those who He’s called me to serve.

Lord God, grant me strength andĀ perseveranceĀ to not give up, but work hard to serve others through my vocations. Help me to not grow weary of this work, but to be intentional in all that I do, to point others to You with my life. Thank You for Christ’s redeeming work on the cross, which allows my sins and failings to be forgiven, and for Your Spirit, which strengthens me for the tasks before me. Amen.


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