Most of us realize that we are creatures of habit. We settle into comfortable routines that are hard to change.
Retired pastor Bill Bouknight described it this
way: “A habit is just a grooved pattern of behavior. Some are good for us and some are bad, even hurtful.”
Bouknight adds that one big reason professional golfers practice so much is that they are trying
“to groove their swing.” And it has to do with something called “muscle memory.” That is, if you repeat an action often enough, then your muscles are supposed to remember and then do it auto- matically. That’s what it means “to get into a groove.” Hmmm…maybe that explains why
my golf game is lacking—I can’t find the groove!
But, you know, one doesn’t have to be a golfer to practice good habits. And that is the point Bouknight wants to make. Good habits are important in every aspect of our lives, including exercising mind, body and soul. Yes, especially when it comes to tending our soul. It is like the Apostle Paul advised a young man named Timothy,
“Train yourself to be godly.” (I Timothy 4:7)
At this time of beginning a New Year, there is a lot of talk about making resolutions. Often this involves changing our habits. But it can also mean taking on new habits, and even what might be called “holy habits.” Have any of us grown as much as we need to grow spiritually? Are we as close to being like Jesus as we can be? Do we know all we need to know?
Let me offer a simple suggestion that will yield lasting benefits for being a better person, and a better Christ follower: RESOLVE TO SPEND SOME TIME EACH DAY WITH GOD! And make it a priority. It can be for reading a daily devotion, praying, journaling, or just being still. And it can be for worship, reading your Bible, or even taking on a ministry or service.
One can do any or all of these “disciplines” through the week, but the key is to make them “holy habits.”
Surely, we are not so busy that we can’t give our Lord a few minutes (at the least) of our day. And when we do make this a discipline, folks, we will be amazed at what this can do for our lives…and our faith!
So, let’s get “in the groove” for 2018! In the love of Christ,