EVERY EVENING during the time when we lived in Altos del Trapiche, Tegucigalpa, in Honduras, my husband and I saw saw a man wearing a blue coat and a hat on his head walking with his hands in his pockets and wobbling because of his overweight. Always, without fail, every evening, he was dressed the same way and walked the same path. We lost sight of him when we moved, but two years later, we saw him again, at the same time, in the same place, and with the same blue coat. However, not everything was the same: now the coat was much too big. He had lost weight and his walk was more energetic, more decided, like that of someone who does not want to go back to the past. That habit of going out to walk every evening had borne fruit.
Habits. They are those things we do often and which, through repetition, become our nature, what comes out of us automatically. How important they are! Since the Lord calls us to renew our minds, our way of living (Romans 12:2), it is crucial for us to begin to give importance to the development of healthy habits so that they become our nature, what originates from within us automatically. Just as physical health depends to a large extent on daily habits such as exercise, rest, a good diet, or water, spiritual health depends on daily habits such as the following:
Prayer alone with God: «So He Himself often withdrew into the wilderness and prayed» (Luke 5:16).
Bible reading that teaches us to have discernment: «But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil» (Hebrews 5:14).
Putting the principles of the gospel into practice: «So shall I keep your law continually, forever and ever» (Psalm 119:44).
Fleeing from idleness: «Tie soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich» (Proverbs 13:4).
Persevering in all good work (see 2 Corinthians 9:8).
Surrendering our thoughts to God’s control: «Bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ» (2 Corinthians 10:5).
I suggest to you that you begin today to develop good physical habits (because the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit) and also good spiritual habits (because the just shall live by faith). No doubt you will reap the rewards in this life and in the one to come.
«Go to the ant, you sluggard! Consider her ways and be wise» (Proverbs 6:6).