The Power Of Habit

For many years I have been in the habit of reading the Scriptures the first thing each day. It is part of a routine really: the alarm sounds at 5:30, start coffee, pull up email on phone and write the daily readings in my journal, fix a cup of coffee, sit down with coffee, Bible and journal, enjoy! Turns out I’m in good company. Early in the morning, before daylight, Jesus went, as was his custom / habit, to a solitary place and there he prayed. (Mark 1:35) There is potential pitfall to my routine. The Facebook and Twitter icons are in close proximity to my email icon and with one tap my attention is elsewhere, my routine broken. It wasn’t a simple distraction that broke my daily habit of tending the vineyard and led to a fruit destroying disease but the habit was broken nonetheless and the result was disastrous. Walking in the vineyard this morning, looking over the work that has to be done to restore the damage, I realized that it is not going to happen quickly or easily. It will take daily, plodding effort. I’m going to have to get back into the habit. It also means I’m going to have to break what has become bad habit. Sleeping late. An extra cup of coffee. Sports talk I really don’t care about. Experts agree there is no typical timeframe for breaking or establishing a habit. Just do it. As long as it takes. Breaking a habit really means establishing a new habit. The vineyard calls.

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