Strange, but writing out the phrase “creatures of habit” doesn’t bring me any kind of peace, instead those words bring me to my knees. On my knees to meet with Jesus who knows us all by name, who can release the same power in our lives that rolled away His tombstone and brought Him back to life the third day, a power that can save us, change us and rescue us from remaining “creatures of habit”.
My friend is going to continue to wait for an apology before he goes back to church, an apology that may never come. So why wait? Creatures of habit.
Another friend is waiting on God to show her what to do about a relationship she is caught in the middle of. Question is, why didn’t she wait on him before she jumped into it? Creatures of habit.
A dear loved one is having trouble reading the Bible. She has witnessed God’s transforming power in other people’s lives, and wants to experience that transformation too. The Bible sits on her end table day after day, waiting for her to pick it up, but she still believes the lies she was told when she was little. “You’re stupid” someone said. She still believes the lies she was told when she got married, “you’re stupid” he said. She didn’t like those words then and certainly doesn’t like them now but they’ve become familiar. So instead of trying something new, instead of picking up the Bible that is full of truth and freedom and promise, she sticks with what she knows best – lies. Creatures of habit!
Someone battles day after day with garbage that was dumped on him years ago. Powerful garbage, the kind that seeps into your pours and smells from the inside out. He’s making progress, he’s gaining ground and then……creatures of habit.
Someone lost his temper the other day. He thought he could keep it under control by ignoring it, by working hard, by going through the motions by telling himself he’s good and then it appeared and destroyed everything. Creatures of habit.
Someone got badgered again. He’s never taken the reigns to protect her, never understood his position of leadership. Always thought someone else could say it, if he couldn’t and now she suffers every day because he never said anything. Creatures of habit.
Oh Lord, deliver me from my sin and the person that I am. Fill me with your Holy Spirit anew every day that I might soar high above the circumstances of life and be that new creation instead of a creature of habit.
And Lord, teach me how to pray when I am on my knees. Teach me how to pray for others, that they too will experience new life in you – and be released from merely going through the motions. I believe!