Daniel 6:10, “Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously.”
Acts 3:2, “And a man who had been lame from his mother’s womb was being carried along, whom they used to set down every day at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, in order to beg alms of those who were entering the temple.”
The Habit of Overcoming
When James La Fleur left Maine to sail solo to Ireland, he understood that the psychological and mental pressures of twenty to thirty days at sea might disorganize his behavior. So he made an intentional effort each day to maintain his normal, daily habit. He washed and shaved, dressed in clean clothes, and set his table for three formal meals. These persistent regulations motivated him psychologically, kept him alert, and swiftly passed the time at sea. He made the twenty-one day crossing with no major problems.
To consolidate our faith into manageable units, Jesus has established a day-by-day rule: Die to yourself daily. Anyone can live for Jesus one day – day after day. The result? Sooner than we think we have lived a lifetime of discipleship – any number of yesterdays piled together, day after day, twenty-four hour increments lived faithfully for him.
Courtesy of Speaker’s Sourcebook of New Illustrations by Virgil Hurley copyright © 1995 by Word, Incorporated. Used by permission.
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE®, Copyright © 1960,1962,1963,1968,1971,1972,1973,1975,1977,1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.
Acts of virtue ripen into habits; and the goodly and permanent result is the formation or establishment of a virtuous character. – Thomas Chalmers
Choose the life that is most useful, and habit will make it the most agreeable. – Francis Bacon
Repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into a habit which, repeated frequently enough, becomes an automatic reflex. – Norman Vincent Peale
Habits, soft and pliant at first, are like some coral stones, which are easily cut when first quarried, but soon become hard as adamant. – Charles Spurgeon