Unconscious Habits

“May the forces of evil become confused on the way to your house.” ― George Carlin
(Goodreads)

Today’s word of the day, from Dictionary.com, is obviate, which means, “to anticipate and prevent or eliminate (difficulties, disadvantages, etc.) by effective measures; render unnecessary.”

Today is Nutty Fudge Day. Okay, I’m all over that. Give me some, now, please!

Yesterday was a mixed bag. I certainly struggled with practicing the kind of love that was described in my devotional for the morning. But the day ended well, as we had our prayer gathering. It was only Christi, me, and our host, that were there. We did pray a bit, but we mostly had some good conversation, which also resulted in more material for prayer. I think it was a very good evening.

My mother has finished her radiation treatments! We are all very excited about that. Now, we keep praying that they worked and that the cancer never returns. We are very hopeful, in this case, based on the doctors’ reports.

The Red Sox swept the A’s, winning the final game in the series 13-3. They scored 40 runs in three games. Tonight, they begin a weekend series (four games) with the Lastros. Wait. Third-place-stros? They aren’t in last place any more. The Angels are in last. Now, that’s fun! The Rangers won the series against the Other Sox, holding on for a 6-5 victory yesterday afternoon. It was intense, too, as they worked the ninth inning with a strike ’em out/throw ’em out double play, leaving the bases empty for the dangerous Melky Cabrera, who made the final out of the game. The Red Sox remain in a virtual tie with Baltimore, seven percentage points behind them, and the Rangers remain 1.5 behind the Mariners.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.
God settles the solitary in a home; he leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land.

Psalm 68:5-6

The wicked in this world constantly oppress the weak and powerless. Our God, in his righteousness, will ultimately uphold the cause of the weak and defenseless, and show compassion to “the victim, the outcast, and the defenseless.”

“O God, search out the weak places in my life, the parts of me that are vulnerable and immature. Establish your rule there so that I may grow into wholeness, receiving your strength and expressing it in the love that you revealed in Jesus Christ. Amen.”

(From My Utmost For His Highest)

“Make a Habit of Having No Habits”

For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Peter 1:8

At the beginning of a habit, when we are forming it, we are very aware of it. But if we stop at that point, we become arrogant about it. “The right thing to do with habits is to lose them in the life of the Lord, until every habit is so practical that there is no conscious habit at all.”

This is what developing the Spiritual Disciplines is all about. It is developing “habits” that fix and maintain the various “parts” of our life; the mind, soul, heart, and so on. But we have to get to that place where the “habit” becomes not a habit, but a natural part of our existence. “Your god may be your little Christian habit, the habit of prayer at stated times, or the habit of Bible reading. God will certainly upset those times if we begin to worship them instead of what they represent.

We must come to the place where the “habit is lost,” and we do it unconsciously.

Father, work this out in me as I work it out in myself. I pray for the teaching of your Holy Spirit in my life, to guide me into this place of spiritual discipline/formation, so that the parts of my life are in line with the words of Jesus.

Come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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