That humans are creatures of habit is a well-established fact. The willingness to develop productive habits instead of destructive ones are a major difference in whether we succeed or fail. Og Mandino had his Greatest Salesman in the World state, “I will form good habits and become their slave.” He understood that we are slaves to either rich or poor habits.
In The Sound and The Fury William Faulkner put it like this, “It’s always the idle habits you acquire which you will regret.” Learning to cultivate the good habits and break the chains of the idle ones depends on your choice to win or lose in life. Habits seem to have a life of their own, they thrive in accordance to your acting on and in them regularly.
Wallowing in some kind of self-pity is a habit just as is becoming a quad=A person. People training in Martial Arts are drilled to always follow through certain motions in practice because they know that in a life/death situation the failure to follow through could be the last pause you will ever take.
The Christian Life involves cooperation with Christ living in you and thus forming Christ Like habits. Simple. Paul commented on this truth several times, especially in Romans 6:16 “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly
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