Two Simple Habits

Despite the thousands of good habits we could adopt in our lives as believers, according to the broad-brush themes of the Bible, I would suggest that there are two basic habits we all need to adopt. “Sit and wait” habits and “go and do” habits.

God says we are to be still and know that He is God, and that we are to wait on His voice and His guidance and His peace. And then He says that faith without works is dead faith. And that a primary purpose in our lives is to go and share the Gospel of the Kingdom with people who need to be saved.

Jesus says, “Come into my presence. Still your mind. Quiet your thoughts. Hear from me. And then take the grace and peace I’ve given you to a chaotic and embittered world.”

If you crave a reset and a change in your daily routine, then this two-part sequence is for you. First, sit and wait. And then, in God’s Name, go and do.

Sit and Wait:

Tomorrow, start your day with a simple prayer. Before your feet hit the floor, say, “God, today I want to follow you. I want to hear your voice. I want to feel joy and peace and fulfillment. I want to live today as your child.” After you pray, open up a passage of the Bible and read until a verse strikes you as relevant to the situation you are in. Write the verse down – log it on your phone, grab a dry-erase marker and jot it down on your mirror, scribble it on your hand – and come back to it throughout your day, letting the power of God’s truth wash over you again and again.

Go and Do:

Next, as you work to stay in conversation with God throughout your day, ask him to give you the strength and courage to practice being grateful and kind and wise. Start with little things, like making eye contact with a stranger and saying hello, or reaching out to a friend with an encouraging word, or changing the subject when a friend starts gossiping to you about someone, or saying thanks but no thanks when you’re offered the drink or the pill or the bong or whatever the thing is that usually leaves you deflated and derailed.

Day by day, add a few small habits that lead to life, and subtract a few that don’t. Over time, you will be remade. You will see drastic and permanent change in your life and in your relationships. As Paul said in his famous letter to the church in Rome – “Do not conform to the pattern of the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing, and perfect will” (Romans 12:2)