“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” (NIV)
One of the stories I read my kids is “The Dark” by Robert Munsch.
Basically, a shadow comes to life and starts eating other shadows. As a result, he keeps getting bigger and eventually lives on top of the house casting an even larger shadow over everything.
Some weeks, things just cruise along so well that you feel like a champion. You’re naturally motivated, think clearly, and have so much energy you could conquer the world.
And then The Dark comes. What I mean is that temporary circumstances pop up casting a shadow over everything you do. You get in a funk and can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel.
So what about ME? What do I do when temporary circumstances mess with my thinking? (And yes, it happens to pastors too.)
Personally, I rely on my habits. Good habits to your soul are like strong bones to your ailing flesh. What that means is that when you’ve temporarily lost your pizazz, habits hold you up and keep you soldiering in the right direction while you’re waiting for the light to return.
On the ground, here’s what that looks like:
I read my Bible daily… even when my motivation is negative-ten.
I keep the lines of communication open with my wife… even when I’d rather sulk like a child.
I go for a run… even when I’d prefer to sit on the couch with a colossal bag of Ketchup Chips.
I pray… even when I’m not sure what to say.
In Ephesians 5:8 we read, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” When we read those kinds of statements in the Bible, they’re often accompanied by things we can do that support what God is already doing.
Here’s how I think of it: Godly habits are God’s hands working in your daily life.
What are the things you do every day, rain or shine, that build you up as a soldier of light? Keep doing them… No. Matter. What.
Your godly habits are God’s hands working in your daily life.
By Matthew Ruttan
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