When I started following Jesus, I had many bad habits in my life. The man who helped me get going in my walk with the Lord suggested that I start developing some new habits. Later, I learned that these are known as spiritual disciplines. Every time I commenced a new habit, I had to sacrifice one of my bad habits to make room for the new one. At first it was easy because I wanted to give up those that were producing a negative impact on my family and me. As time went on, however, it became more difficult to make time for a new spiritual discipline because the things I was doing brought me pleasure and I couldn’t see the negative influence they were having on me. Yet, deep down in my heart, I knew that I had to make more changes. Now, prioritizing the things I do is still a challenge but I am grateful that the Lord is always there to guide me and show me the way I need go. By His grace I am able to make the difficult choices.
“Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon.”
“Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.”