Small choices, big impact

Small Choices, big impact...

Big or small, we all have choices to make in life, and these choices turn into habits.  As we approach the end of another year many people will start thinking about what they want next year to look like, the changes that they want to make.  Unfortunately, the human tendency is to try to make some dramatic changes without making a decision, or say “choose” another habit over the current habit.  The challenge for most of us is we take small choices for granted.  What do I mean by that.  What may seem like small, insignificant choices become long and hard to break habits.  Another way to look at this is, even little habits have huge impacts.  Most people don’t want to do the little things, they know that the little things are needed but it’s not as much fun as the big things.  We love the idea of the big impact but the idea of doing little things just seems so time consuming.  The other challenge is new habits TAKE TIME!  No matter someone’s goal for this new year, the current habits they have now were created over time and new habits will also take time.  Hebrews 12:11 (AMP) reads, “For the time being no discipline brings joy, but seems sad and painful; yet to those who have been trained by it, afterwards it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness [right standing with God and a lifestyle and attitude that seeks conformity to God’s will and purpose].”  While contextually this scripture it isn’t referring to new year, new habits, it does have a powerful phrase that we can apply in our lives.  The phrase “time being”, or “present time” carries the idea “at this very moment”.  Whenever we try to break old habits, at that very moment, it will not seem joyful, fun, or even exciting, in fact just opposite, sadness, frustration, annoyance.  Why?  Because you are trying to train yourself into a new way of living.  You know the result is going to be good, but to go through it, that’s a different story.  It is easy to listen to our flesh that is crying out “quit”, “go back to your old habits”, and just give up.  But to get the results from new habits means we will have to go thru some things that may not seem like fun but in the end, it will produce something that we know is better.  There is a song in a classic Christmas movie, called “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”, and in the chorus it reads “Put one foot in front of the other, and soon you'll be walking 'cross the floor, you put one foot in front of the other, and soon you'll be walking out the door.”  Same hold true when it comes to new habits, physically, and even spiritually.  You start with the small choices, read the Word of God, go to church, and soon those small habits have big impacts on your life.  Big habits start with small choices.  Much love,

Pastor Michael

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