Rev. Jim Ross

“The Liberating Power of Habit”

Generally when we speak of habits, we mean bad habits; eating between meals, using improper grammar, interrupting someone else’s conversation, and so forth.  Actually, habit is a liberating feature of human personality and practice.  Tying our shoes is habitual and liberating, we don’t have to think about it, we just do it.  As with so many things like saying “please” and “thank you”, practicing courtesy, etc.


When Professor Shaler went up to Harvard, he made the decision to attend chapel services every day.  He testified as to how much easier and more efficient it was to make the decision once and be done with it, than have to wrestle with the decision every day.  So with the practice of mealtime prayer, scheduled Bible reading and regular church attendance.  Make the decision once and be done with it.  We are then free to occupy our minds with other things!  Think creatively!  Read Luke 4:16 – “Jesus went to the synagogue, as his custom was, on the Sabbath day.”
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