Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Habit of Stopping

Mike Huckabee, Governor of Arkansas, has written a book about his 100+ pound weight loss called Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife And A Fork. In it he lists "12 Stops" to get you on a healthy living track:

Stop procrastinating.
Stop making excuses.
Stop sitting on the couch.
Stop ignoring signals from your body.
Stop listening to destructive criticism.
Stop expecting immediate success.
Stop whining.
Stop making exceptions.
Stop storing provisions for failure.
Stop fuelling with contaminated food.
Stop allowing food to be a reward.

The '12 Stops' apply to many other areas of life, not just healthy living. In order to make lasting changes in our life we often have to stop certain bad habits before we can pick up new ones. We call this process 'unlearning'.

What do you need to stop doing today?

Romans 12:1-2
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.


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