Monday, March 30, 2009

Rocks, Gongs, and Habits

The subject of habits has been knocking around in my head more like a resounding gong than a mere rock in the dryer lately. Actually, the time frame "lately" isn't very accurate! It's been months that God has been flashing this word across the billboard of my life.

Habit, according to Webster's 1828 dictionary is "A disposition or condition of the mind or body acquired by custom or a frequent repetition of the same act. Habit is that which is held or retained, the effect of custom or frequent repetition. Hence we speak of good habits and bad habits."

Isn't the framework of life really built with such a material as habit? We function according to our habits, both the good and the bad, and when we respond to others, it is usually their habits that we are responding to.

As a parent, I center much of my time around the building up of good habits and the breaking down of bad habits. As a home-manager, my day is dictated by my habits, both the virtuous habits and the unfavorable ones. As a follower of Christ, much of my fruit is displayed in my habits.

I have been increasingly convicted of my habits lately. I see the gravitational pull they seem to have on not just myself but also my husband and my children. I feel the heat of the Refiner's Fire (Malachi 3: 2,3), as if He's piled more wood on and stoked it up good. A little intimidating? Yes! But I'm excited to see what the Potter (Isaiah 64:8) can do with this vessel of mercy (Romans 9:22-24). I hope you won't mind if I share a few travel notes from this journey I am finally ready to begin!

Finally, the other rock in my dryer of late has to do with this:

But lunch preparation is calling! More to come:)


Emily said...

LOL! I love the picture. I totally feel like that some (ok most) days!

Christine said...

I think I'll be pondering on "habits" now that I've read this post. I need to really work on, with God's help of course, building up my good habits and breaking down my bad ones. Unfortunately, it seems like I have more breaking down to do than building up. Thanks for this post. I can see how my bad habits bring out the bad habits of my children. I have a lot to think about, a lot to correct and a lot to pray about.