Story of the day:  Habits

   The following story was me to a T due to the fact that I was an avid nail biter ever since I began to walk.  I would chew them down to the nubs as some would say.  I tried just about everything to stop.  Put hot sauce on them, which did nothing more than burn my eyes when I rubbed them. The flavor of the hot sauce actually grew on me and gave me a little snack to have as I chewed on my nails.  I know, gross, but it was who I was.  I even went as far as having my nails scraped and their contents put underneath a microscope to see all that lurked on top and underneath them.  But nothing truly was working to get me to stop this life long habit, until God began to change my heart about it and show me what I was missing out on because of this habit.

   I was reading Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life, by Chuck Swindoll, and came across this excerpt that lit up my nail biting habit.  He writes, “Research has shown that it takes only about three or four weeks for an activity to become a habit.  That is wonderfully comforting if it’s a good habit we’re trying to promote, like more prayer or Bible study.  But for most of us it’s the destructive habits, like my nail-biting, that get a hold of us until we are enslaved–mastered and manipulated by the beast of habit.  We become a living contradiction of the liberating truth of 1 Corinthians 6:12:  “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are profitable.  All things are lawful for me, but I will not be mastered by anything.”  A close look reveals that this isn’t a verse talking about something lawless or wicked, but something that is actually lawful, but not profitable.  My first encounter with this verse was not my final encounter with this painful habit.  But it was certainly a turning point toward change, thank God.

   The backwash of this nail-biting testimony has far-reaching effects.  Not a person who reads this is completely free from bad habits, whether lawless or lawful.  It’s the price we pay for being human.  Habits are as numerous as every detail of life; the list is endless.  But let’s focus on five suggestions that will help us blend 1 corinthians 6:12 into our lives.

   Stop rationalizing.  Refuse to make comments like:  “Oh, that’s just me.  I’m just like that–always have been, always will be.  After all, nobody’s perfect.”  Such excuses take the edge off disobedience and encourage you to diminish or completely ignore the Spirit’s work of conviction.

   Apply strategy.  Approach your target with a rifle, not a shotgun.  Take on each habit one at a time, not all at once.

  Be realistic.  It may not happen fast and it won’t be easy.  Nor will your resolve be permanent overnight.  Periodic failures, however, are still better than habitual slavery.

   Be encouraged.  Realize you’re on the road to ultimate triumph, for the first time in years!  Enthusiasm strengths self-discipline and prompts an attitude of stick-to-it-iveness.

   Start today.  This is the best moment thus far in your life.  To put if off is an admission of defeat and will only intensify and prolong the self-confidence battle.

   Extracting the hurtful thorns of habit enables the pilgrim to focus less attention on himself and more attention on the One Who is worthy.  And the most exciting thought of all is that He will be right there in the morning ready to help you through the day with all the power you will need, one moment at a time.”

   Need proof?  How about ten fingernails” that have now grown out and have a spot reserved for  fingernail polish.

Quote of the day:  Lloyd Cory

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are to strong to be broken.”

Bible verse of the day:  1 Corinthians 6:12

“All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful.  All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.”

Prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You that You have helped me with this habit that I have had my entire life.  It has taken me so long to realize that this habit had enslaved me and was keeping from other things that You had prepared for me.  Now, when I look at my nails everyday and the growth that has come from me not biting them anymore, has spilled over into the growth for my life.  Thank You for all that You do and have done for me.  I thank You for this day!

In Jesus Name I pray,

Amen 

 

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  2. Carla says:

    Thank you I’m going to try

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