It seems to happen every new year. We examine our lives to see the things we wish were different. We make big plans to change the areas of our lives that we wish were different. We start off with such enthusiasm, but within a few weeks the excitement has faded and our determination has left us. Soon we concede that this new year will be just like the years before it, and our hopes and dreams of a different – and perhaps better – us simply fade away. Perhaps we need a slightly different approach.
You see, we are what we habitually do. If we want to change who we are, we must change what we habitually do. What might happen if we chose small changes rather than big ones? What might happen if we chose to focus on building small habits that help us take a step toward who we want to become? Of course, one step may not get us to where we want to be, but that first step is always the hardest step to take. We are all on a journey from wherever and whoever we were when we began following Jesus toward becoming the people God has called us to be. None of us have yet arrived at our destination, and we all have steps that we need to take on the journey. We are all creatures of habit, but we can all develop habits that can help us move beyond idle worship toward becoming who God has called us to be.