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Making a Habit of Heaven

IMG_0127 (1)Back in December, I was shopping for Christmas presents and stumbled upon a solid white fox statue.  As soon as I saw it, I thought about it perched next to my fireplace in my living room.  It would be perfect!  But I wasn’t shopping for me, so I talked myself out of purchasing it.

I went back a few weeks later, but it was gone.  I even searched for it online to no avail.

It has been 5 months and I can’t stop thinking about the fox.  I’ll be driving down the road, standing at my desk, out eating with friends and suddenly this longing for the fox will come to my mind.

In the book “The Power of Habit,” Charles Duhigg describes the process of creating a habit.  There is a cue, a response to the cue, and a reward that solidifies the response.  Over time, a routine is developed.

5 habit loop

Yesterday as I was thinking about this post, the fox came to my mind.  Of all the things that I could share with my church family, my first thought is about the fox?!?  And I was convicted.

Hebrews 13:14 says, “For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.” (NIV)

If I’m honest, I don’t yearn for Heaven like I’ve yearned for the fox statue the past few months.  Heaven doesn’t come to my mind when I’m going on a bike ride.  I don’t remember my ultimate goal when I’m brushing my teeth in the morning.  Spending eternity with Christ doesn’t fill me with a longing throughout the day, because it’s not even on my mind.

I want to create a new habit, a new mindset that is focused on our goal of eternity with Christ.  When I think of the fox (cue), I want to think of Heaven (response).  I want to yearn for that final reward and be filled with a joy that only comes from Christ (reward).  Eventually, I hope Heaven replaces the fox entirely and I develop a new routine that doesn’t just change the way I think, but my actions as well.

Romans 12:2 says, “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” (NLT)

What habit in your life can you transform into something for Christ?  Share in the comments!

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I am a 34-year-old hipster who enjoys visiting coffee shops with my husband. I am a Creative Arts Pastor at SoHills and am passionate about environments where opportunities are provided to encounter Christ. Anything done excellently captures my attention. And I know my dog is the cutest you've ever seen.

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