I recently heard the quote, “What you do every day matters more than what you do every once in a while”. I was quite convicted by this, because I realized most of my daily habits are not healthy ones. Sure, I spend focused time in prayer every once and a while. I take care of my body every once and a while. I tend to my home every once and a while. It’s not that I’m incapable of forming habits. It’s just easier to unconsciously form comfortable and potentially unhealthy ones. I didn’t consciously choose to form the habit of looking at Instagram every morning- I just do it. I don’t have to consciously choose to not to drink water. I just forget. The list goes on and on. Housework piles up. Pounds pile on my body, and gunk and sin piles on my soul.
I think that the Lord has put a desire in my heart to pursue healthy habits. And any “habit” will only be “healthy” if it is done with the Lord.
My goal is to pursue a worshipful lifestyle of abiding with the Lord in every area of my life.
Annie Dillard says, “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” This truth both excites and terrifies me. It excites me because I know that each new day holds another opportunity to start fresh and receive God’s grace. To live a worshipful life of abiding with the Lord and walking in community with other women. It terrifies me because if I’m being honest, I also really love sitting on the couch and eating pizza rolls in front of a screen. Don’t get me wrong, I’m totally okay with spending an entire day lounging around and resting with my husband. Pizza rolls and Netflix are usually involved. But spending my life this way? It’s a very real possibility and could become reality if I’m not intentional about my habits. Maybe my everyday reality wouldn’t look like binge-watching The Office, but I know that I can easily fall into a haze that feels like I’m sleep-walking through life. Blinded to the miraculous presence of the Holy Spirit in the every day.
I hope that by sharing my own journey to form healthy habits, I can both encourage and challenge you to think about your own rhythms. As I’m #preachingtomyself , I hope you will also be encouraged to live every day as awake as possible. Not sleep-walking through the day with unhealthy rhythms, but wide awake and abiding with the Lord through every second of your day. Because how you spend your day is, of course, how you spend your life. Let’s be women who spend our lives wide awake.
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”