Have you ever opened a package of something, intending only to have a few bites and then suddenly the entire package was gone? We may think it’s something that’s just routine, but it’s really the result of a habit.
Sometimes we try to wiggle out of facing our issues by claiming that they aren’t addressed in the Bible, but on closer examination we will find that habits are in the Bible. They show up in lists like the "fruit of the Spirit" in Galatians 5:22-23, and like the "add to our faith" qualities in 2 Peter 1:5-8.
Good habits help us to grow. Bad habits hinder growth and keep us stuck and spinning our wheels like a car stuck in a Minnesota snowbank. If you’ve never experienced having your car tires stuck in a snowbank, let me tell you from experience that you can rev the engine all you want but you’re not going anywhere.
Why do we settle for being stuck in habits that we hate when we can grow and thrive? Sometimes it’s as simple as this: we’re not examining ourselves to consider our ways. We’re just repeating the same mistakes but expecting a different outcome. God can help us with this. Let’s look at a person in the Bible whose habits helped him, with the goal of allowing the examples to help us as well. His name was Paul, and he had some great habits that anyone can practice.