Habits can be good and bad, but I think habits also steal some of the joy out of life. For example, I drink the same drink every morning. The folks at Starbucks have my order waiting before I even get to the front of the line. I drive the same way to work each day. I use the same bathroom stall unless someone didn’t get the memo that it’s MY stall. And the list can go on and on. We are creatures of habit.
But even good habits can become mundane.
When we first become Christians, we start doing new and exciting “Christian” things, such as reading the Bible, attending weekly church worship services, attending Bible studies, etc… But over time, those things can become routine and uninspired. The joy slowly fades away. It happens.
And so, what are we to do? I have 5 suggestions on how to recapture the joy in your life, and they revolve around breaking even good habits, in order to form even better habits. As you read the list, make a commitment to try a few of them. And don’t let us stifle your creativity. Make up a few of your own and try something different that God places on your heart.
1. Try a new drink today. Surprise the folks at Starbucks with a special request. Go crazy!
2. Take a different route to the office. Pay attention to the new and unfamiliar things along the way.
3. Men: wear that nicer shirt today that normally collects dust in the closet. Women: try a new nail color the next time you visit the salon.
4. Read a part of the Bible today that you normally never read.
5. When you pray today, ask God for something you normally don’t ask for: “God, bring Joy back into my relationship with you.”
The key is to knock yourself out of the mindless, joy-killing habits and ruts of life. Be spontaneous and try new things. Invite new experiences and be open to God showing you something amazing you’ve never noticed before.
What Do You Think?
And don’t stop there. Share your comments on what you try and what Ah-HA! moments you experience as a result.