Wake up. Make Coffee. Open the curtains.
I love my morning routine.
Hugs from my kids, drinking my favorite beverage, and feeling the cool morning air all within the first ten minutes of my day! I mean, what more could I want??
My boys (both younger than preschool age) manage to make a gigantic mess of our living room while I sip my coffee and pretend not to see it.
I place my Bible on the kitchen table in the midst of requests for breakfast, fixing a toy, turning music on, and preventing meltdowns.
And nonetheless, it opens.
It opens to a chapter I need to meditate on.
A paragraph I get to read a couple of times.
Even just a verse I manage to glance at for a few seconds.
We, as parents, are sooooo so so busy. There’s no telling what each day, hour, or second will bring.
But we do know what we will bring each day – our habits.
I’m not just talking about working out, eating healthy, and drinking water, people! I’m talking about the way we think, the way we treat our loved ones, the way we walk with God.
Do we face each day with habits that prepare us for love and peace? Or do we choose habits that set us up for bitterness and division?
When your toddler throws a tantrum, how do you handle it? When your teenager has an attitude, how do you internalize it? When you and your spouse disagree, how do you communicate it?
Do our habits set us up for patience and understanding in a way that shows our family and friends we love them? Or do our habits set us up for bitterness and a cold heart?
“Jesus replied, ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: love your neighbor as yourself.’”Matthew 22:37-39 (NIV)
Habits rooted in love produce life.
Maybe your toddler just needs a hug after they calm down. Maybe your teenager just needs a listening ear. Maybe your spouse just misunderstood you.
When we let love define our habits, we invite joy into our internal being, patience in our responses towards others, and peace towards our external situations.
Habits are not just a part of who we are. Habits determine our destiny. Let our destiny be nothing short of love.
What are some good habits that you can start today?
Let me know in the comments!