In this new year I decided that I would not make any resolutions. Instead I am focusing on getting rid of bad habits – the only way to do that is to replace it with a good habit. I believe past failures to achieve resolutions were a result of not following the principle of “put off / put on”.
“if indeed you have heard Him and have been taught by Him, as the truth is in Jesus: that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.”Ephesians 4:21-24 NKJV
I took the time to examine some bad habits that I have – particularly in regards to self-care, from the perspective of biblical violations. Why? Because transformation happens from the inside out. I want what I do to have purpose and to be intentional. Otherwise, it’s too easy to make excuses to just drop it.
The word of God says that my body is a temple (1Corinthians 6:19) and I should present myself as a living sacrifice (Romans 12:1). Sacrifices were required to be presented without blemish. I realized that at the very least, I need to represent the Kingdom of God at my very best – spiritually and physically.
I have a short list of things to change and I will focus on each, one at a time, for thirty days. I pray this is enough time to develop the new habit, if not, I will extend the time until the new habit is formed. I’m not in a rush to get a list of things checked off – it’s not a real accomplishment unless the change transforms me in a way that glorifies God.