Years ago when the western United States was being settled, roads were often wagon tracks. These rough trails posed serious problems for those who journeyed on them. On one of those winding paths was posted a sign which read: “Avoid This Rut or You’ll be in it for the Next 25 Miles!”
Your Habits Eventually Become Your Plans.
Reading about Lot in Genesis 19: 15-16 is a reminder of mankind’s “natural gathering” senses.
15 And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.
16 And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the Lord being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.
The word, “lingered,” means to hesitate or to be reluctant. Considering the gravity of the situation facing Lot’s home town, it baffles us to watch Lot “linger.” But then we remember the things we hold on to, the habits that become so familiar – even if they are destructive in one-way or the other.
We become comfortable with things around us even though they may not be satisfying us at all.
How do you let go of wrong habits and institute good habits?
If you decide to stay alone and unaccountable to anyone, it is likely you will NOT change your habits.
If you make a decision to be open and honest first with yourself, and then with others, you will change habits and change your life.
You must have your own “personal truth” and extend that truth to others in order to be free and have success.
#2. DO NOT LIE TO YOURSELF
Think enough of yourself to be honest and not sabotage your own self and heart.
When someone lies to you, it is natural to automatically have a question mark after everything they say to you after that.
When you lie to yourself, you will have a question mark after what you say to yourself.
#3. EMBRACE “TRUTH AND MERCY” Proverbs. 3: 3,4
You must embrace both “truth and mercy.” At times we don’t want to admit “truth,” but we just want “help” and to be “fixed.” “FIX ME, BUT DON’T CHANGE ME”
#4. WORK ON CHANGING WRONG HABITS AND THEN JUST DO IT AGAIN!
#5. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!
No matter how many times you have failed or will fail again, you can rise again!
Proverbs. 24:16 “
…for though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again.” NIV
7 "If a tree is cut down, there is hope that it will grow again and will send out new branches.
8 Even if its roots grow old in the ground, and its stump dies in the dirt,
9 at the smell of water it will bud and put out new shoots like a plant. NCV