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“Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do…”
Old habits are hard to break, assuming you want to break them. I read somewhere just recently that it takes 30 days of repetitive behavior for that behavior to become a habit.
Identify something that you want to turn from ‘sporadic’ into ‘regular,’ from ‘forcing yourself to do it’ to ‘without having to think about it,’ and then do it for 30 days and, if the theory is right, it’ll become a habit. Want get into the habit of daily exercise? Force yourself to go to the gym for 30 days and then it should just happen habitually. Want to get up earlier in the morning or go to bed earlier at night? Just do it for 30 days and it’ll become a habit. Want to start a habit of spending time in the Word and daily prayer? Just do it for 30 days.
Frankly, I’m not sure how true the theory actually is. It all sounds a bit too easy and mechanical. “Just doing it” for 30 days is usually a lot harder than it sounds.
But then again, there are some habits that we seem to acquire almost effortlessly. That bowl of ice cream in the evening while watching TV. That cup of coffee that you stop for on the way to work every morning. How hard was it to make that a habit?
And what about the flip side of this? How do you break old habits? How hard was it to break that ice cream or coffee habit? And what about that cocktail after work every day or the porn site you visit or the language you use? How hard was it to break that habit?
On the other hand, how easy was it to fall out of the habit of exercising or praying or coming to church every Sunday? Not hard at all was it?
It’s not a level playing field is it? Seems like it’s tilted against us. It’ HARD to do the good that we want to do and EASY to do the evil that we hate. It’s HARD to break the BAD habits that we want to break but so, so EASY to break the GOOD habits that we want to keep on doing. Continue reading