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September & October 2023

READY, SET, GO #5: Daily Habits

I said “no” to Frank Sinatra. The answer should have been “yes”! You see, we had been offered free concert tickets to see Frank Sinatra for that specific night. Well, it was a school night and I was in the midst of my ironing (remember those days) as it was my habit to iron on Tuesday evenings. My ever-loving husband turned down the tickets (at my request) and we stayed home. Looking back, I wish we had gone. I mean, how often does one get the opportunity to see Ol’ Blue Eyes in concert? For us, never again.

Habit is defined as, “a settled or regular tendency or practice”. In the book of Daniel, we read that Daniel had the habit of praying three times a day. In Luke 10:40, Martha on the other hand, had the habit of staying busy in the kitchen and missed opportunities to sit at the feet of Jesus. Maybe I’m more cumbered like Martha than I care to admit. So, how do we determine the justifiability of habits in our lives? Let’s ask ourselves, does the habit do these things:

1. Draw us closer to the Lord?

2. Assist us on our spiritual walk?

3. Hurt/harm us or others?

4. Align with Scripture?

5. Help us build Christ-centered relationships?

So, here is what I want you to do, God helping you, take your everyday, ordinary life, your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, walking around life and place it before God as an offering. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out in you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” The Message Bible, Romans 12:1-2

Ready, Set, Go! Michelle