Why Do I Do This?

  • Why do I drive on the Interstate at 80 mph while I look at Facebook on my phone?
  • Why do I ignore the misbehavior of my child and then expect her to do better?
  • Why do I gripe and complain throughout the day and then wonder why I feel so lousy?
  • Why do I not take care of my car and then wonder why it is now falling apart?
  • Why do ignore my health and then wonder why it is now catching up with me?

Have you ever asked yourself these questions?  Have you ever looked at a behavior, a habit, or a way of life and asked, “Why on earth do I keep doing this?”  Sometimes we do things that don’t make sense.  In fact, particular behaviors can be unwise and even foolish.

Recently as the New Year was approaching, I began to ask myself various questions about the way I used my time.   I looked at the way I used my time in light of what I need to get done.  What do I need to do in terms of my work and my ministry?  I looked at my calendar in light of the kind of person I want to be.  I looked weeks of appointments, commitments, habits, and general time use.  What does this say about me?  If I continue to use time like I did in 2018, what kind of person will I be at the end of the year, 2019?

I pray about this and believe that small changes, even baby steps, can be powerful!  I am looking for the next-right-step in the various arenas of my life.  Perhaps you would find this helpful.  It has certainly been helpful to me.



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