2017-11-24 - Habits
I’m a creature of habit. Often times, I get in the car and just start driving to work, even though I should be going to the store or to church, whatever. Family has to correct me, as I start turning the wrong way which would take me to work.
My son Justin is a creature of habit, too. Over the break, Justin found it difficult to sleep in. “He was used to getting up about 6:30, so most days, he got up early, which sucked for the rest of us but …
We all are creatures of habit, both good and bad, so I want to talk about habits – in particular good ones, because I believe if you form good ones, you crowd out the bad ones. We often wind up replacing one habit with another, so let’s look at forming good habits
Why? Let’s begin exploring by looking at a letter Paul wrote to Timothy:
1 Timothy 4:7-11
So why should we form good healthy habits? I want to give you three reasons.
Because somatic health is important. Somatic health is the health of your physical body. The beginning of verse 8 acknowledges that bodily exercise gives us some profit.
Because social health is important too. Social – relations with others friends, family, acquaintances, neighbors, strangers … all your relations matter. In his letter to Timothy, Paul, relates information and encourages him to serve and teach others.
Because spiritual health is more important. The last part of verse 8 says spiritual health matters a lot - godliness is profitable for all things, having the promise of life now and life to come. Jesus himself said “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Mark 8:38)
So this is why we should have healthy good habits. Now I want to give you three simple words to remind you of three good habits to help you
Faith – spend time with God each day
Mark 1:35 - Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.
Pray, read scripture, study it –a good way to help with that is a devotional book. It would be good if you join a small where you could share what you've read, what prayer needs you have, and hold each other accountable on this habit.
Fitness – take better care of your body
So I let myself go a lot last half of the year, and am paying the price now but physical health is important. It gives us longer, stronger life.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 - Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
Folks – people around you – serve others to build strong relations.
As you do for others, you do for Christ and honor him.
Matthew 25:40 - Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’The best way to have friends is to be a friend to everyone.
Don’t do in real world like you do on Facebook. You can’t walk up to strangers and share vacation pictures and selfies then poke them, and ask them to be your friend? Sometimes that works – I tried that a few weeks ago and got three followers – 2 cops and a psychiatrist (ba dum cha).
All scripture references are from the NKJV unless otherwise noted.