Great word written by ex-porn star, now Pastor @joshua.broome
Thomas, a Kempis, wrote, “Habit is overcome by habit.” In my own journey, I have found this to be both helpful and true.
If our lives are to resemble a beautiful garden, we must get rid of those weeds! The most effective weed treatment isn’t to kill the weeds when they arrive, or wait until they become unmanageable before tackling them, but to stop them having room to grow in the first place.
If I am to be free of bad habits, I must not only clear them from my life, but fill the space left behind with healthy, life-giving practices. Maybe you feel swamped by addictions and poor habits in your life. Perhaps you have even given up promising yourself any attempt at change, because you are fed up with the lack of genuine, lasting progress you make? Maybe you don’t want to try anymore because you can’t handle the disappointment of staying the same, or getting worse.
But ultimately, this kind of attitude is the burglar of joy. Growth and change are ESSENTIAL if we are to become more like Jesus. Because of Him we ARE capable of massive, outlandish, audacious, crazy, miraculous, hard-won, disciplined, self-controlled, and glorious change!
Follow these 5 steps to make long lasting change:
1. Intimacy with God – Know who He is
2. Identity- Know who you are
3. Discipline- Priorities
4. Balance – Troubleshooting triggers
5. Perseverance – Eyes on the prize
Father, please show me the healthy habits I need, so that I create less room for addictive tendencies to thrive. Help me believe in your power to change me. Amen. …