Habits or Intention?
Are you a person that likes structure or one who likes to go with the flow, unstructured?
I think a good balance is needed because either one side or the other has its flaws, but through all the brain science, Bible Study with Armor of God, and the book that I’m reading, Compound Effect….the idea of creating habits (i.e. structure) is what will help us move forward in any area of life!
We all create habits, whether you are structured or not. You have some things you do without thinking day in and day out. Brushing teeth or putting on your seatbelt are two obvious ones. Turning on the TV when you walk in the door or repeatedly checking your phone are some obvious habits that we don’t like to admit to, but they have become habits.
This year, as I’ve said numerous times, is my year of Intention. Everything starts with our minds and our choices-- either continue to sleepwalk in certain areas of life or to take a bad habit and replace it with a good one. It has to be intentional, though, or else we become lulled back into the old track that our brains revert to.
This week in Armor of God we are studying on the Belt of Truth. Starting our study of truth based on God’s Word, the piece of armor is a belt protecting our core. It is a strong/steadfast/secure place to start. In the lesson today, she gives us the “how” for putting on the belt of truth. “You daily, systematically, repeatedly begin letting God help you align your decisions and responses, even your attitudes and ambitions, alongside His benchmark of truth…..You filter every circumstance, personally and culturally, through the prism of His Word instead of merely leaning on your feelings, political correctness, or the opinions of others.” We were to consider the PROACTIVE PLANNING and DETERMINATION it would take to fulfill the mandate of Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (all emphasis is mine J)
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.”
Sounds a little obsessive or maybe addictive? Yes, it kind of is. We are made to be addicted to something. Pick your poison or pick God. He is the only one who won’t leave you empty. I am making it a year of intention by creating new habits and new ways of doing things so that I’m not sleepwalking in areas that I know God wants me to grow.
I hope that you are doing the same! He wants us to love Him with all of us! We will never be disappointed by Him!
P.S. Let me know if you need help or direction in this! I am excited to be working on plans to help in this for others as I work through it myself and what I’ve learned. God bless you!