#099: Do habits make life easy?

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Welcome to Simply Convivial, where we organize our attitudes before we organize anything else. Simply Convivial members grow in diligence and delight. Diligence comes from persistent practice, not instant perfection. Delight comes from working for God’s glory, not our own. We continue to grow in both because we know we’ll never attain either completely. We walk in faithfulness, spur each other on to love and good works, and repent, rejoice, repeat.

I know many times in the past I’ve been tripped up and frustrated by my own bad habits, by my kids’ bad habits, and by how hard those habits are to change. One thing I realized, though, was that the real source of frustration was that I’d pinned false hope on those habits. Habits are important, but they might not be the holy grail you were hoping for.

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Habits: The Secret for Smooth and Easy Days?

Habits are something we do work on for ourselves – but primarily in ourselves and not something forced on other people to make our own life easier. As we cultivate habits in our children, we cultivate them in ourselves first and foremost, and grow in maturity ourselves more and more – are sanctified more and more – through the process.

How many solutions have you hunted for in magazines, online, or with friends only to have it not work for you? It happens all the time because we try copying and pasting other people’s practices into our own lives, when our situations are different. There are a few true and universal principles to work through the life, the universe, and everything, but many ways to live out those principles. Instead of trying to practice other people’s solutions, we need to grow our understanding and application of the principles to fit our own lives and needs and callings.

The primary universal principle for us as Christian homemakers is that our role is not to keep a clean house or have well-behaved children. Our goal is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. Our job is to love God with all our hearts, souls, minds, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves. 

Our homemaking is simply an extension of that basic call, and whatever we do that is not an extension of that basic call, is labor spent in vain.

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