This morning I read a review of Charles Duhigg's book, The Power of Habit. Jeff Haanen, who wrote the review, quoted American Philosopher, William James, who wrote in 1892: "All our life, so far as it has definite form, is but a mass of habits."
Why do we think change is so hard to change a habit? Is it a way of avoiding change? Whether it's the way we talk, treat our spouse, or - oh, my - how we worship, do you think you could change and maybe not just be okay with it, but find the change invigorating?
From Jeff's review we learn about the habit loop: 1. Cue, 2. Routine, 3. Reward. First, identify the routine. You always get that second Diet Coke at lunch, when you don't need it. What's the reward? Taste? Caffeine? Could you look for a different reward? Better sleep that night? (It takes 6 hours for half the caffeine to clear your body.) What is the cue? Having lunch? The cue is the key to the first step in change. Then choose a better reward. Interrupt the habit loop.
Think about the habit loop in your life this week. Change IS possible.
Reading one of my daily reads, A Minute of Margin, author Richard Swenson had a great statement on the simplicity of the gospel. He wrote, "In truth, the gospel message is radically simple: God says, "I love you. I don't hold your sins against you. Won't you let me rescue you?"
We have an amazing ability to complicate things today. Many people need a grandchild to tell them how to run their TV remote or how to get a message off their answering machine. Let's not make the gospel that difficult. God didn't.