Fall Into New Habits
School is back in session. The air is turning crisp and the leaves are beginning to turn gold, red and brown. Fall brings change and, likewise, we should take the opportunity to make personal changes that can turn into new habits. So here is a list to help you fall into new habits that will bring positive change in your life.
- Boundless Blessings. Determine you will wake up every morning and/or fall to sleep each night while counting your blessings. If your first and final thought of every day become blessings, just imagine how much better your days and nights will be.
- Kindness Countdown. Christmas is only four months away, but we don’t have to wait for that day to offer gifts. Decide that every day between now and Christmas you will do one act of kindness–a kindness countdown, if you will.
- Praise Walking. All of us could probably walk a little more and praise a little more, so why not combine the two? Pick up a new music CD at your local Christian bookstore and sing God’s praises while you get your temple (body) in shape.
- Join a Study. Fall is a great time to join a Bible study. Your church or a church near you will be offering new studies. Make a decision that you will exercise your spiritual muscles this fall, and make Bible study your new habit.
- Joy Jar. Ephesians 4:29 tells us we are to not let any unwholesome talk come out of our mouths, but instead our words should be uplifting. To help you in forming this new habit, make a joy jar and start with a donation you’d like to make to your favorite charity. Then every time you say something that is not uplifting, you must “steal” from the joy jar (and the charity’s donation). Set that money aside because you can redeem that money by depositing good words into someone (perhaps you have to triple the number of good to make up for the one bad). When your words begin to cost you or your charity in a tangible way, you’ll quickly see a new habit forming.
These are just a few ideas to help stir your creative juices. And who knows, before you know it, you’ll fall into a more joy-filled life, and that is positive change everyone can celebrate.
Cheri Cowell is the author of the new Bible study, One Story, One Mission, One God, an overview of the Bible in two six-week studies. To learn more about her other books, visit her at www.CheriCowell.com
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