I have been thinking a lot about habits lately. We truly are creatures of habit! It amazes me how difficult it is for me to change the way I live. In the morning, I may say, “OK, today is a new day! I am going to do things differently,” but in the midst of all the craziness of life, I seem to end up in the same old routines time after time. This seems especially true with our spiritual lives. In 1 Timothy 6:11, the apostle Paul encourages Timothy to “pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” I know many people who, once they commit their lives to God, truly want to  live by these values. They want to live fully for God, but find it difficult to break out of old habits and let go of old desires and expectations.  Our minds may want a change, but our hearts can’t seem to manage it, so we fall back on our old routines. What does it take to make an important change? Simply put, I think it takes two things working together: the power of God our participation with Him. First, we need to ask and invite God to change our hearts so that we may let go of anything that stands in the way of living for Him. God instructs us in ways we cannot do on our own. Second, we need to fully engage in the changes God wants to produce in us. Paul goes on to tell Timothy, “Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called.” (1 Timothy 6:12 NIV) Learning to live for God is worth fighting for. Grab hold of the life He is calling you to with all you’ve got and engage in the battle to make a change. Take a good look at your habits. There are probably some things keeping you from living fully for God. Turn them over to God and fight the good fight of faith!


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