A Good Habit
I have habits, traits and weaknesses that bring no addition to my Christian growth. They cause me to go to prayer and offer up confession to God trusting by faith that He will grant me victory over them–enable me to draw closer to Him. Though these reminders of my sin nature pay me a visit more often than I desire, my hope grows stronger in God’s goodness and power in my life, and I want more desperately for my life to count for Him.
There is a good habit, however, in my life. One that has borne fruit over many years. One that always honors God. My claim is to its effect, not necessarily on the world around me, but within my own heart. It’s me that needs to change. It’s me who God wants to nourish in my Christian life. I’m the one who this habit is molding more closely to the person God wants me to be.
It’s a once-a-week habit. I practice it several times throughout the day. It’s no more than remembering–pondering–over my past week. A look back at all that I have to be thankful for. I avoid, as much as possible, making requests of God. But spend my time in prayer just thanking him for all He has given me. And not just a general cover of thankfulness over my life, but specific people, relationships and opportunities. I thank God for His divine intervention into my life and the lives of those important to me over the past seven days. God is always at work (John 5:17). I just want to remember to say thank you every time His work touches my life.
This habit doesn’t cause me to wander through my week always looking up at the clouds. It hasn’t changed me completely–it’s a process. I just want to get better and better at thanking God for His working in my life. Without Him, I can do nothing (John 15:5). My hope is that this habit will help me to keep God in His place and me in mine.