apparently we are either being raptured or killed in a cataclysmic earthquake...so, In honor of this momentous occasion I thought I would discuss something that makes things easier.
Building habits over time can ensure success.
You tend to do what you have been doing.
Now, If we are all raptured tomorrow or killed in a cataclysmic earthquake the likes of which we have never seen....then ignore this.
If we aren't...then carry on.
There are a few habits I began right away when I started this whole journey.
The first was, I walked every day for the first month.
I wanted to make exercise a part of my daily routine.
I turned off the tv.
I wanted to make the television irrelevant to my life.
I wanted to be accountable about my daily caloric intake.
So I bought a scale and measuring devices and logged my calories.
Now I am going to start my day in prayer and reflection ...probably with a quick walk in the mornings while listening to a downloaded sermon or some praise music.
It will get my mind right in regards to where my heart should be during the day..
I find if I am not proactive in this area, control of the tongue becomes much harder.
Then I intend to end my day in prayer...
I have started making a prayer list not only for my loved ones and acqaintences..but for people who vex me...and people I really can't stand.
My good friend mary ellen made a point the other day that can't be ignored.
What difference does it make if you don't say it, if you are thinking it.
Now...I believe we reinforce negative ideas by speaking them...repeatedly.
Have you ever noticed how much more righteous and angry you get while repeating a wrong done to you?
Repeating the wrong to a sympathetic crowd can really work you into an excitable state..
But as someone once said "It's hard to HATE a person once you've started praying for them".
And to be honest, I wouldn't know, because I have NEVER done it....So, this should be interesting.
So, I am hoping that by making spiritual reflection, solitude, and prayer time a part of my daily routine...time with God...I will begin to shape up my insides as well as my outsides...
Now for a poem:
The Habit Poem
I am your constant companion.
I am your greatest helper or heaviest burden.
I will push you onward or drag you down to
I am completely at your command.
Half of the things you do you might as well turn
over to me and I will do them – quickly and
I am easily managed – you must be firm with me.
Show me exactly how you want something done
and after a few lessons, I will do it automatically.
I am the servant of great people,
and alas, of all failures as well.
Those who are great, I have made great.
Those who are failures, I have made failures.
I am not a machine though
I work with the precision of a machine
plus the intelligence of a person.
You may run me for profit or run me for ruin -
it makes no difference to me.
Take me, train me, be firm with me, and
I will place the world at your feet.
Be easy with me and I will destroy you.
Who am I? I am Habit.
Have a great night guys...
And if I don't see you here, I'll see you there! ;o)