…they get into the habit of being idle… ~1 Timothy 5:13
Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it every day, and at last we cannot break it. ~ Horace Mann
One great enemy of effectiveness in the lives of those who would ask, “What Would Jesus Do?” is our tendency to bad habits. As Horace Mann, the father of public education, observed, habits are woven daily until they have the strength of a strong cable in binding us.
Jesus had no bad habits. The Apostle Paul said he would not “be mastered by anything” (1 Corinthians 6:12). As we learn to ask “What Would Jesus Do?”, we’re developing a good habit.But we must also deal with those cables of thread–the bad habits–that we’ve accumulated over the years.
Many Christians, in an attempt to be free from wrong habits, resort to will power–only to fail again and again. The road to freedom from the threads that bind us is to grasp the full meaning of Jesus’ words, “If the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (john 8:36). Today, let’s walk in the same freedom from bondage as did Christ.
Excerpt from 365 Daily Answers to What Would Jesus Do?
So what bad habits do you want to be rid of?
What good habits should you pick up? How about:
- Walking a bit each day
- Spending more time reading the bible
- Spending more time with family
- Eating more fruits and vegetables
- Asking “What Would Jesus Do?” before making a decision or responding to something.
- Getting closer to God
It’s your choice.