Habits

“Sow an act and you reap a habit. Sow a habit and you reap character. Sow character and you reap destiny” –Samual Smiles

As parents we often wonder “what things do I do on a daily basis that are rubbing off on my children without me even knowing it?”  I think back to when I was in high school, even when I didn’t realize it I was picking up on little things from my environment. Maybe it was a gesture or a new phrase, but what about the times it was something bad like cursing or drinking?

Sometimes as Christians we don’t take inventory of our habits. This could be because it’s not causing problems for us at the moment, but what about those around us? What about what sin does ? If a child hears you take the Lord’s name in vain, even if it is just once, do they not repeat it? If your friend overhears you complaining about your life and your job, would that negativity spread to them?

Today I want you to focus on your Godly habits. What things do you do every day that can be a positive seed (habit) sown into someone’s character? Look at your friends, chances are you’re in their lives for a reason. How is God using you to work in their lives?

There is a chance that one person will stick out in your mind who seems to ignite conflict. Your habits and theirs just clash. Ask God how he wants to use you in this person’s life. When your child is throwing a tantrum, saying things to you that sound like a reflection of something you once said. Parents, remember you can sow good seeds into their soul. Use today to bestow mercy on someone and bless that person who causes you trouble. Forgive yourself for any bad habits you have formed over the years.  We all make mistakes. If you mess up with a bad habit just keep trying. Take a few minutes to pray this prayer:

Heavenly Father,

I am reminded of your Word today and thankful for your loving kindness.[Listen to my cries for mercy. If you God kept records on wrongdoing  who would stand a chance? As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit and that’s why you’re worshiped. Psalm 130:2-4] God I worship you, for you are merciful. I ask that the Holy Spirit lead me today to help others form good habits. Please let my family and friends see you through me, even if that means being merciful.

In Jesus name Amen.

As you end your prayer in worship remember the woman who was about to be stoned to death and was shown mercy by Jesus.  Gently sing this chorus and worship your merciful God: “ Merciful to me when I deserved to die. Merciful to me, my soul he brought to life. Nothing could I bring, my debt to satisfy. Jesus was merciful, Merciful to me.”

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