“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
Changing bad behaviors we’ve turned into habits is hard, but it’s not so hard we can’t defeat it.
All we have to do is lay a brick.
If you have a bad habit of eating sugar when you’re bored, and you have a new vision of going hiking instead of watching TV and eating Froot Loops, today your brick may be getting hiking boots. The next day may be writing out physical activities you most enjoy and trying out a new one each time you feel the flutter of boredom. The next day may be downloading a new yoga app to do at home.
You get the picture.
You can do this. But no one can do it alone. Get God in on this with you, every step. Draw closer to Him, ask the Holy Spirit to come. As we spend more and more time with God, we begin to bear fruit of that relationship – and one of the fruits Paul talks about is the fruit of self-control. Refuse to live a life less than excellent. And yes, there will be times we get off track, all of us do and all of us will. There is no shame, not condemnation – just simply run back to your ideal vision, your ideal life, your ideal day. Keep doing it – and I promise you (it is a scientific guarantee) neuroplasticity will swoop right in and make it even easier.
What bricks will you lay today?