Devotional for Thursday January 14th

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “Resilience”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “But have nothing to do with pointless and silly myths. Rather, train yourself in godliness. For the training of the body has limited benefit, but godliness is beneficial in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Train your habits”
 
This morning I want to return to our discussion from yesterday regarding the habit of excellence and the important role it plays in the resilient life. I said that excellence is a learned habit. That’s true, but it’s true of all habits. Habits, be they good or bad, are learned behaviors. That means that they can also be unlearned and replaced with new and better habits.
 
In his book “Resilience” former Navy SEAL and former Governor Eric Greitens, writing about the importance of habits in a letter to a friend, shared a helpful insight about the nature of habits and the impact they have on a life. He wrote: “Your life has a natural point of aim. It flies in the direction of your habits. To change the direction of your life, you have to reset your habits … You have enormous potential to create yourself … When a habit has become so ingrained that actions begin to flow from you without conscious thought or effort, then you have changed your character … If we are intentional about what we repeatedly do, we can practice who we want to become. And through practice, we can become who we want to be.”
 
I don’t think Greitens was intending to be Biblical when he shared that advice with his friend but he was none-the-less. That was the exact point Paul was making to his young protégé Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:7-8 – we can train our habits in order to become the person we can and should be. Our life will fly in the direction of our habits. Train yourself for godliness by practicing godly habits, and overtime you will transform into a godly person. Train yourself in habits that are consistent with a resilient life, and over time you will become more resilient.
 
Training yourself to be optimistic instead of pessimistic is one of the habits that will lead to a more resilient life. Practicing excellence in the small things so that you will also be excellent in the big things, is also a resilient trait. Tomorrow we will think about the role hope plays in developing and maintaining a life that is resilient (thriving).
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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