Excellence is Not an Act, It's a Habit

The Christian Perspective:

Excellence is Not an Act, It's a Habit

Human beings are creatures of habit. We tend to continue to act as we have acted in the past. Someone once said, “Like a river flowing through a canyon, the longer a habit continues, the more deeply it becomes ingrained, and the harder it is to change."

Habit… the dictionary defines a habit as, a routine of behavior that is repeated regularly and tends to occur unconsciously. Psychologists say that habitual behavior often goes unnoticed in person exhibiting it, because a person does not need to engage in self-analysis when undertaking routine tasks. Hmmmm...that’s interesting.

Have you ever had difficulties trying to change a habit? Are you overwhelmed with a plethora of thoughts on how to change some things that you have done for so long? Let’s face it, change is hard and knowing what changes to make is not enough however, as Christians major change is a must when we are converted to serve God. Ephesians 4:22-24 say’s 22” So get rid of your old self, which made you live as you used to—the old self that was being destroyed by its deceitful desires. 23 Your hearts and minds must be made completely new, 24 and you must put on the new self, which is created in God's likeness and reveals itself in the true life that is upright and holy."

Old practices and attitude must be replaced by new ones. For example, here is a practical application: If anger management is something that challenges you, and you have not been successful in replacing this bad habit with a good habit, try scripture memorization. Proverbs 15:1 says, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." Perhaps repeating this scripture when angered gives your mind a new option to choose. Christians are transformed by renewing their minds. We must create new habits such as bible study, scripture memorization, serving others, prayer, patience, faith, just to name a few, and we must put away our old habits.

Experts say every habit starts with a three process pattern. First, there is a cue or a trigger, which we will call motivation. What motivates us to obey God? 1 John 5:3 says, "Loving God means keeping his commandments, and his commandments are not burdensome”. Has God done something for you? In chapter 4 John tells us that God first loved us and He sent His only Son into the world so that we may have eternal life through Him. Love is one of the strongest forces in existence. It has been known to move people to do extraordinary things for the ones they love. Second, there is the routine, which is the behavior itself. Nike said it best: “Just do it.” Third, is the reward… what better reward for changing our bad habits than the reward of having the Holy Spirits as our guide, being incased in God’s grace, and being privy to call on our interpreter (the Holy Spirit) to utter groaning too deep for words on our behalf in times of trouble and despair?

If Love is our motivation to replace old habits with new ones, we could change our perspective on life completely. Be careful not to forget that the God of Peace has equipped us in every good thing to do His will. Motivation is what gets you started; habits are what keep you going. Let’s strive for EXCELLENCE!!!!

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