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Do you have any good habits? Are you in the habit of eating right, exercising, having a daily quiet time or personal devotion? Good habits serve good purposes.
I read somewhere that most habits can serve good purposes. Habits work like this: A habit is something we do with very little thought. Our habits free our minds to think about and make other, more important, decisions.
Facebook founder and 20-something billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, wears a gray t-shirt and jeans almost everywhere. In an interview with Matt Lauer, the entrepreneur said that he has about 20 identical, gray t-shirts. According to a Washington Post article, Zuckerberg dresses the same every day to save time and mental energy. Wearing the same thing every day means he never has to think about picking out his clothes. Zuckerberg’s quirky habit lets him think about more important things.
The Church is in “the habit” of having confession and absolution at the beginning of our worship services. It’s a good thing to be regular in admitting our sins and receiving God’s forgiveness. I pray that forgiveness will never become routine. I pray that it will always be new and renewing.
God always wants you to move from the depths of your sin to glory of His forgiveness. God isn’t done moving you once He’s forgiven you; beyond forgiveness, God would move you to hope. Not the wimpy, “I hope so” hope, but the confident hope that looks to His steadfast love in Jesus Christ and the abundant redemption He won for us on the cross.