Worship. A Holy Habit.

By Allison Vines, Director of Care

What is a habit? A habit is a settled or regular tendency or practice, sometimes one that’s hard to give up. It can take 18 to 254 days to form a habit and 66 days for a new behavior to become automatic.  

Since March, many of us have had our habits turned upside down or even lost. We've embraced change that not all of us are comfortable with. When our lives change–especially when we didn't ask for it–we’re tempted to cling to old habits and the safety of our old ways.  

So what do we do when we’re faced with the realization that "life" may not go back to the old ways? We have options. We can dig in our heels and insist that we're not doing anything until "normal" returns, or we can be honest with ourselves and Jesus, and admit that we’re scared and we don’t like this new way of life. Or we can acknowledge that what is new is not all bad. In that, we begin to accept what is “now.” Acceptance is hard but it’s the way forward. If we continue to live our lives looking behind us, we’ll miss the moments that Jesus is inviting us to. He knows it's different and He knows our comfort levels. We’re not being asked to be comfortable, we’re being asked to trust.

So, I ask you, how are you trusting Jesus to form new habits of worship? Are you making worship a holy habit? Are you back to worshiping in a building? Are you worshiping online in the comfort of your home?  Are you worshiping with your small group? Are you investing in learning about God's love through the Women's Bible Study or Men's groups? Are you tending to your soul through Care Night? These are all different options but they’re all about the community of Jesus Christ. During a time when everything appears and feels different, Jesus is not. Yes! HOW you’re able to worship is different. Are you letting the differences change IF you worship?