Habits by Robin Densmore Fuson
Pain shot through my arm.
For months, I’ve struggled using my limb. Somehow, I injured it. Months ago,
the deltoid, tricep, and brachial muscles began to rebel. Simple things are
tough. Sleeping on my left side is difficult. I shift and squirm until I’ve
found the perfect position where it can rest and hopefully heal. Pulling my
elbow out and away from my body brings sharp pain.
All my life, I’ve stuck
my right into a sleeve and then slipped my left into the other side. Now to
prevent pain, I need to start with my non-dominate side. Sometimes, I forget
and have to pull my right arm out and begin again with my left. Frustrating and
painful. Pullovers are practically unachievable by myself and I’ve had to ask
my husband to help me. Fastening something against my back by myself is painful
and almost impossible. Jimmy to the rescue!
I need to flip the habit
my brain thinks is the correct sequence. Dressing this way, by starting with my
dominant side, is not a bad thing—after all, I’ve done it for over a
half-a-century. The injury showed me how I’d done something without thinking
all my life. I’d grown accustomed to the way I get dressed. Habits are
comfortable and, in-of-themselves, may not be wrong and in fact, they could be
good. But are they the best?
It hit me. This is like
my spiritual walk with the Lord. Have I sunk my teeth into my good habits of
reading the Bible and praying, albeit good things, but neglected to ask the
Lord if there are things I need to revise?
Being stubborn and not altering
a habit or mindset causes me pain when I try to dress the same way. Purposing
to take care of my left arm by sliding it into the sleeve first is changing my
habit—renewing my mind.
Often there is something in
our thoughts, actions, and lives that we should adjust, relearn, prioritize,
reverse, or throw away. Renew our mind.
we listen to His prodding and we begin the process, we will feel uncomfortable.
Growth is painful. Change is tough. Renewing our minds takes focus, intent, and
God says we need to renew
our minds to be focused on Him and His word and be willing to revise our
thinking. Are we up for that challenge?
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2 NLT)
show me where I need to change. Where I need to strengthen, and where I need to
rest. Help me to see my thoughts, actions, habits, standards, and emotions
through Your eyes. In Jesus name, Amen.”