When our lab was a puppy, we always made him sit while we poured his food into the dish. He was able to control himself when he sat several feet away from his dish, but if he was right next to his food, the temptation was too great—he had to eat it.
Living in a culture that incessantly preaches the message if it feels good do it, it’s hard to grow up embracing boundaries. We think the good life is a life without boundaries . . . but is it? Just think of your own bad habit: what happens when you do what you want, when you […]
If you want to break a bad habit, the first thing you need to do is establish some boundaries. The boundaries should tell you two things: How often can you do your habit? How much of your habit can you do? How Often If your habit’s a sin, the answer to the first question is […]
Breaking bad habits and sins is simple in some ways, but complicated and painful in others. It’s simple because it’s a basic process: replace lies with truth. It’s complicated because sometimes you have to search through layers and layers of lies to get to the full truth. And it’s heart wrenching because you come face-to-face […]
Just saw this video on Michael Hyatt’s blog. Bob Newhart has a much funnier take on overcoming bad habits than I do!
If you were to ask a friend, “How do I get rid of a bad habit?” you probably wouldn’t hear the answer Replace lies with truth. Yet that’s what the Bible tells us to do if we want to be transformed. So here’s the question: does it have to be biblical truth? Or does practical truth […]
Last week we talked about using Scripture to renew our minds. Today I want to show how I used Scripture to help me with my own project which is making a list each day and actually following it. Usually I just use whatever Scripture I’m studying at the moment, but this time I went looking […]
Let me ask you a question: Do you need God? Or do you just want Him? It’s easy to reach the point where you need Him when you’re sick, destitute, or traumatized. It’s hard to reach that point when everything’s going well. That’s one of the beauties of a renewing of the mind project: as […]
We tend to think certain goals are more spiritual than others. Breaking free from a porn habit, for example, is a spiritual goal. Breaking free from an eating-too-much habit is a non-spiritual goal. Having a quiet time is a spiritual goal. Following a to-do list is a non-spiritual goal. If we look at Christianity from […]
Note: This is a guest post by a young friend of mine who has been truth journaling for several years. Be sure to read all of her thoughts down the left side of her truth journal chart. I wrote this in the cafeteria my freshman year in college – on a piece of scrap paper […]