After her long morning nap, she makes a pit stop at her food bowl for a snack. Once done, she sits in front of me with those beautiful green eyes wanting to go outside door # 1. As she hits the back steps raindrops start dropping on her little sweet head.
Not long after that, she is climbing the door wanting back in. Cleaning the moistened drops off of her fur she looks at me once again heading for door #2.
The repeated conversation I have had with her over and over is that the rain is outside door #1 and door # 2. She ignores my attempt to explain the weather and scampers out.
Jumping to the steps and onto the sidewalk, she is quick to notice raindrops dropping on her head again. But why she meowwwwwwssss?
Her tiny, pea-brain believes the climate is different out front from the back. Try explaining that to a cat. She remains hopeful it will change.
Her thinking isn’t that much different than ours. How many times do we find ourselves repeating habits hoping for a new outcome?
“They” the people who seem to know says it takes us humans 21 times duplicating the same habit over before we can break it. How exhausting.
A habit by definition is a “behavior, tendency or frequent repetition or exposure performed regularly until it becomes involuntary.”
“Habits” in and of themselves have been given a “bad rap.” Automatically we assume habits are evil or wrong.
Sleeping 8 hours a night is a good habit.
Smoking is a bad habit because it is harmful to our bodies.
Eating your vegetables is a good habit.
Watching too much TV is a bad habit.
Gossiping can become a bad habit.
Spending too much time on your laptop is a bad habit…..ugh…..
Pathological lying is a very bad habit.
Drinking a soft drink everyday is a bad habit.
Feeding your cat everyday is a must.
Indulging in a chocolate bar everyday can become habitual unless you do it for recreational purposes like playing tennis and you need that boost of energy. For the record a Snickers bar will do the trick.
Reading the Bible everyday is a good habit.
Wait, what was that last one?
READING THE BIBLE EVERY DAY IS A GOOD HABIT?
But isn’t that legalistic? Does God want us to spend time with him out of habit?
No…..but what may start out as a planned habit to be with him may turn out to be a joy, comfort and peace.
Psalm 119:105 “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.”
Some habits are worth forming. The onset may be a humble and upright goal; to perform a task as it were to eventually become the highlight of your day. Or that one thing you simply cannot live without.
At least that is how it started years ago with me. Now, reading the Bible, praying and spending time alone in the morning with God is the one thing I can’t live without. My day is complete and instead of getting a boost from a chocolate bar, his words fill me up.
Now, no longer a habit, God is my goal and purpose.
Jesus is the center and everything else falls into place around him.
Now if I can just get Maxi to understand why raindrops fall on her head behind both doors……nah…….
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