We become our habits, for better or worse. Here’s a way to engage in habit formation, a virtue ethics of sorts. [Christian Spirituality has much to offer to the formation of habits as well. You can read any of Richard Foster or Dallas Willard’s works for more info.]
A great daily routine is the holy grail of productivity. But the building blocks for that routine, habits, are tough to start, and even harder to change. Whether you want to meditate more, drink more water, or floss more than twice a month, these psychology-backed strategies can help you develop a new habit and keep it from fading.
This is a great passage of what salvation and life in the Kingdom of God looks like. It’s a picture of someone trying to manage their life. How to get along with God, self, and others.
These are good words to share with my son’s. This is my prayer for them today; that they’d grow into these virtues by our example and God’s gracious gifts.
“Don’t blame others” – This is the one that stands out to me. Relationships go bad really quick when we blame. The root word for blame is blaspheme, which means to speak irreverently about God or others. When we are wronged (real or perceived), to blame is to speak irreverently to the other; we show a lack of respect for who they are and thus devalue the other (and ourselves in the process). Imagine that! We devalue ourselves when we blame others.
From Psalm 15
1 God, who gets invited
to dinner at your place?
How do we get on your guest list?
2 “Walk straight,
tell the truth.
3-4 “Don’t hurt your friend,
don’t blame your neighbor;
despise the despicable.
5 “Keep your word even when it costs you,
make an honest living,
never take a bribe.
“You’ll never get
if you live like this.”