Everybody has some bad habits.

Usually, they are easy to identify: we eat, drink, smoke, or curse too much… or we lie, cheat and steal. These types of bad habits are easy for us to identify because they are right ‘in our face’, and because they are, it is easy to target these ‘habits’ when we make a commitment to change our lives for the better.

Unfortunately, we may also have a number of other bad habits that we are so accustomed to that we fail to even recognize them and their destructive work in our lives. I have a bad habit like this… I complain. My wife reminds me frequently about this… and when she does, I can see her point. Everywhere I go and everything I do it seems as though I always have a negative complaint.

Of course a negative complaint leads to a negative frame of mind and a negative experience and a negative ‘vibe’ with my friends and family. Changing these deep-seated, almost invisible (but nevertheless destructive) habits is essential to renewal and positive development in our lives (spiritual and otherwise).

Proverbs 2:7 reminds us that we need to look soberly at our selves… and not credit to ourselves too much wisdom:

Do not be wise in your own eyes;
fear the Lord, and turn away from evil

These steps are the beginning of not just changing what is in front of our noses… but who we are in our deepest places.