Posted by Pastor Steve Biswell on 11-23-2016
By Pastor Steve Biswell (Posted on 11-23-2016)
When I coached basketball, most of the guys wanted to start out by shooting long range 3-pointers. After all, that was more fun. Lay-ups and dribbling were so mundane. Running laps and lines had to be a waste of time. Pass first, dribble last is unnatural. Running set plays until you are mind numb seems dumb.
Then it is game night!! The plays are second nature. Everyone knows where everyone is on the court without looking. The hands know the feel of the ball without the eyes having to confirm its location. The fourth quarter doesn’t make us suck wind and wobble on rubber legs. The bucket doesn’t shrink.
I find that if my daily habits are healthy, then the big stuff doesn't seem so overwhelming. An attitude of prayer gets me beyond the "Help" of crisis. A simple thank you to the cashier lets me see past the grump of the daily grind. Spending time with God's Word builds up wisdom for the "What just happened" crisis.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Big meals. A lot of hoopla. Black Friday. Etc. Many will have a thank you event but will it last beyond the moment?
Practice thanks. Even in the little things. Even when life is goopy and a grind. Thank the cashier, the ones who have loved you anyway, the God of grace. When it is cold--thank God for coats. When bed is beautiful and the alarm clock is not—be grateful you slept well and can get up. You get the picture.
Little Habits Matter!!!
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