How do you respond to challenges?
My family will tell you the most sure fire way to get me to rise to a challenge is to tell me I can’t do it. Somewhere deep inside me an “I’ll show you!” fire rises up and I go for it. Maybe that has been your experience with your 90-Day Goal. As you approach the finish line you are drawing energy for the challenge from the fire of self-confidence and determinism.
At the beginning of this journey we talked about building habits to help us meet challenges. All the social science of Charles Duhigg and James Clear is affirming the character of Jesus who practiced rhythms of tuning his inner heart to the heart of the Father and developing holy habits of prayer so he can pursue the calling on his life.
Day 80: Develop Holy Habits.
This stream of living water is called the virtuous life. Another familiar term for it is holiness. We can get tripped up with the word “holy” because it can be associated with people judging one another such as “holier than thou.” For others it brings up the idea of strict rules and restrictions that don’t feel good or necessary.
Holiness, however, in the Christian tradition is about becoming more like Jesus. It is about formation not perfection. Virtuous living is being shaped by the character of Jesus so when we hit challenges or struggles in our life what flows from us reflects the heart of God.
Your 90-Day Goal is in small part or large part about developing holy habits. The stream of virtue reminds us that our hearts need reforming in order to reflect the purity of heart we are called to as followers of Jesus.
Please send me your questions, challenges, and suggestions as we continue in the 90-Day Goal Together. I look forward to hearing from you and sharing the journey with you.
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