Have you ever been so busy that you didn’t get a chance to eat breakfast as you ran out the door?
Did you think, “well…I missed breakfast, I might as well give up this eating, thing. It just doesn’t work for me.”
Or maybe, “AHHHHH!!! I failed! It’s just better for everyone if I don’t eat again.”
No, that’s pretty ridiculous, right? Instead we can’t wait for the next meal opportunity. We may raid candy jars, eat lima beans or do whatever we have to in order to fill out stomach.
Our bodies crave nutrition.
Why is it then that if we miss a morning time with God, that we feel like we failed? Why do we believe that its better if we just give up?
The Habit is the Goal
I was chatting with a friend the other day about exercise and how there are days (sometimes weeks) when all I do are a few pushups. No running. No 30 minute workout video. Nothing but my pathetic attempts to push myself off the floor.
And yet I feel accomplished even in those seasons because I’ve realized that it’s not about how quickly we strengthen our body, but how faithfully we strengthen the habit.
Because if the habit gets stronger, so will we.
The Stronger the Habit, The Easier the Task
If we can build positive habits, they become a foundation that requires less and less emotional effort to continue. We can then focus more attention on new positive habits.
But if we try to do something incredibly hard, like suddenly getting up 1-2 hours earlier than normal, we will eventually grow weary and quit only to try to bare knuckle it again a few months later.
We want the habit. We have the determination. But the method breaks us.
Rather than go big and crash big, it is much more effective to start simple and keep the habit going.
There is no amazing Cinderella transformation, but there’s no stroke of midnight either. Faithfulness is a beautiful story of it’s own.
There is no better time than NOW to start small and finish strong.
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