kick the habit.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on August 1, 2011

in Uncategorized

Thanks to Gracie, I’ve learned about FreelyBe‘s Kick the Habit campaign running from August 1-31.

I thought for awhile about what I wanted to focus on for these 31 days and a lot of ideas ran through my mind:  swearing less, spending less money, staying up too late…it was a pretty formidable list by the time I decided what two things I really wanted to work on.

spend more time with God.

Yes, for a kick the habit challenge, I want to do more of something.  I suppose I could have also said something along the lines of “stop ignoringGod”, but I liked the idea of putting a positive spin on it.

It gets easy for me to push God aside.  Pray a little less, skip church, push my Bible and devotionals aside.  More tempting options always seem to grab my attention.  You know, reality TV, sleep, catching up on blogs.  I say that my faith is the most important thing in my life, but I don’t always live up to that.

To be honest, it gets a little easier every day to not spend that time with God unless it’s a self-serving, immediate type of concern.  That’s not what I want my relationship with God to look like.

When I spend less time with God, it affects other areas of my life.  I find myself complaining a little more, letting the people around me get under my skin and irritate me more often (and generally for petty reasons, no less).  I don’t like that side of myself or the outlook on life that develops.  It’s not a healthy way to live and it’s not the person I want to be.

In the seasons when my faith is strongest, I am also at my best, my happiest, my strongest.  Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a foolproof plan.  Even with the strongest of faith, life gets you down sometimes.  It’s inevitable.  Yet in those seasons, it’s something to hold on to in the midst of the chaos.

For the next 31 days, I want to work on rebuilding my relationship with God, building my life back to center on Him.  I don’t just want to say my faith and relationship with God are the most important things in my life, I want to live that out!

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Lauren @ Team Giles August 1, 2011 at 3:25 pm

I really enjoyed this post! I love the line you said “When I spend less time with God, it affects other areas of my life. ” I feel exactly the same way. I need God time to function, just as much as I need air to breathe. Great post!

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Paige @ Running Around Normal August 1, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Sounds like a great challenge and goal 🙂

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