Here are five books suggested by one writer on how to change bad habits. Christians can probably learn a bit from these. The authors probably don’t understand how God works, but they do have a notion about how the mind functions.
“And we all, with unveiled faces reflecting the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another, which is from the Lord, who is the Spirit” 2 Cor 3.18.
God provides us motivation, power, and support to practice the good works of Christ.
And there is the truth of repentance, which is the decision to, and movement toward, change, to stop practicing sin and live in holiness.
Christians have the best chance for change. We glory in Christ Jesus, who makes us children of God and sends his Spirit to transform us.
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Doctors, researchers, and health officials have been telling the public to cut back on soda consumption for years, and it appears that people have been listening. Soda no longer tops the list of Americans’ favorite beverages; it has been replaced by bottled water. —via Soda is No Longer America’s Favorite Beverage
Is it because doctors, researchers, and health officials have been warning about the dangers of soft drinks for years? Perhaps so. It’s hard to say. That they are bad for health is a no-brainer. A can of Coke has 9 teaspoons of sugar. That’s just for starters.
People change habits because they see dangers on the one hand and benefits on the other. Continue reading
Nudge... (Photo credit: Four Doxn)
Plinky suggested this Nudge today: Confess a wasteful habit of yours.
Doesn’t matter what’s being wasted, be it time, paper, gas, room heat, you name it. What do you do exactly that causes something to be wasted?
If confession is good for the soul, who knows but it may also be good for the budget and the environment?
People are more comfortable being uncomfortable than being comfortable, if they have been uncomfortable for an extended period of time. It’s simply an ingrained pattern, and familiarity is more comfortable than novelty. Most people have for so long experienced the gnawing sense of anxiety about all the un-captured and un-clarified “work” of their life, that’s what they’re used to. Then no matter how clean and in control they get at some point, they will soon let themselves slide, let things mount up again, unprocessed, sufficiently to get them back to the level of stress they are accustomed to.
This point seems to offer a spiritual application as well. People are often more comfortable with their old sinful life than with the life of Christ, than with the “feeling of freedom,” as Allen mentioned. We love our burdens and weights too much to lay them down. We want to keep our old familiar prejudices and hates and habits. Along with the context of Galatians, might not this truth give extra meaning to chap. 5, verse 1,
“For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery.”
Christ has given us freedom. That freedom was meant to be exercised and enjoyed, not stifled by the inner or religious need to prove one’s own worth to God. This hopeless effort produces only frustration, but some, who already know only this, prefer it to the freedom of having sins totally forgiven and living in the free obedience to the will of God.
Hello, friends and TFR Fellows! Here’s a Nudge from nowhere for you to ponder and answer: Tell us about something you’ve stopped doing in recent days or weeks. It could be something as innocent as playing tiddlywinks or watching some dorky TV program (sorry, that was redundant). Or you might want to delve deeper into your psyche to dish up some serious habit or practice that was doing you in. Do give us a why as well. And if there’s a lesson in it somewhere, all the better.
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