Thursday, September 26, 2013

Habit Forming

Some of you may remember the very popular book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by
Stephen Covey.

Habit number seven is called Sharpen the Saw. This final habit deals with continuous improvement in both the personal and interpersonal spheres of influence.

Covey writes, balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation,fasting etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal.
In my trek through the bible this year I read about Ezra’s habits. For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the Lord, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. Ezra 7:6

Notice the makeup of his habits...he set his heart (commitment), he studied God’s word (strong devotional life), he did what God’s word encouraged of him (obedience) and he taught others (service).

Commitment, a strong devotional life, obedience to God and service to others; these are life building habits that make for an effective and dynamic life with God.

The sum total of our life is predicated on habits. “Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habits. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny”