I save butter dishes and plastic bowls. When I was young, I remember my grandmother saving every plastic container: butter bowls, Cool Whip containers, sour cream dishes…all of them neatly stacked and stored along with the matching lids. After dinner we would store left-overs in these plastic containers of many sizes and shapes. It became a fun game to find the perfect size bowl for the amount of food to save. Now, my husband throws the little containers away while I try to rescue them, another fun game with these little treasures.
Do we ever wonder why we do what we do? It makes sense to us because it is our normal. But have you ever stopped to wonder why? I heard somewhere that 90% of what we do everyday is habit. Disruptions and change are inevitable in life and many of us have a hard time with change. But shouldn’t we question our habits in order to grow?
Habits can be very difficult to break. Sure my little butter bowl habit is harmless, but what about other “bad” habits that cause pain and destruction in our lives. Food, lashing out in anger, losing our tempers, tobacco, alcohol, negative thinking/talking…..the list goes on and on. I am definitely not pointing fingers at anyone, I have many bad habits of my own. God doesn’t condemn us for these things either….Romans 8:1 says, “There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” In these steps toward change is where you find Jesus even more. 2 Corinthians 12:9 is a wonderful promise for those who need strength, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
God wants us to be free from habits and addictions that separate us from Him. For several years, I took pre-workout supplements on a daily basis (sometimes twice a day) for energy, not necessarily for exercise. Needless to say, I was addicted to caffeine and the explosive energy that these products offered. I do not believe there is anything wrong with taking supplements, but I was dependent on these products. These supplements were a higher priority to me than God was. It saddens me to even type that sentence, but it was true. It did not happen overnight, but I decided I no longer wanted anything to hinder God’s presence in my life. I wanted to be dependent upon Him. After all, He is FOR us, and knows exactly what we need. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” What an amazing promise and scripture to quote when we feel weak!
God is in the interruptions in our lives. He wants us to be free, no longer slaves to our bad habits. He wants us to have life, John 10:10 says, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” Is God prompting you to change something in your life? Are you willing to listen and take the next step? God will give you the strength you need, just ask Him! Remember His promise and say it out loud in moments of weakness, “for His power is made perfect in weakness”! (There are many great resources for breaking habits, one of my favorite books for losing your temper is Unglued by Lysa TerKeurst.)
What a liberating feeling it is to overcome. This journey will bring you closer to Jesus than ever before. He is more interested in the journey with you than the destination! What an amazing God we serve and an amazing opportunity to grow with Him!