It's said that after you do something for 21 days it becomes a habit. Is that true? If I try to lose weight and get into shape, it DOES NOT become a habit if I simply modify my diet and exercise for three weeks. My desire for snacks is not easily subdued even after three months of good behavior.
So what about the new leaf that many of us are trying to turn over in our spiritual lives during this 40 DITW journey? Will it last after we finish up in June? Will we continue to seek God in His word on a daily basis? Will we practice the devotional method of Bible meditation through the summer months ahead?
I am pondering that question while we are at about the 40 Days halfway point, because I want to establish a priority in my heart and mind now, rather than making those decisions when the allure of summer is beckoning me in a few weeks.
How about you? Do you wonder about how you will "make it stick?" Are you one of the lucky ones who is able to do lifestyle modification easily? I am guessing that for most people it's a bit more of a challenge to keep things moving in a new direction. I'd like to make a suggestion that may help those of us who need something to help us carry through on what 40 DITW has begun in our lives. First of all, a Scripture verse that is a promise from God:
"...he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Phil. 1:6)
My suggestion is this: begin now asking the Holy Spirit to embed a passion...a hunger...for His word in your heart, such that it becomes a priority in your life to make time to seek Him daily. When the structure of the 40 DITW campaign has come and gone, what you want to remain with you is more than a self-imposed discipline that you continue to do in your own power. You want this time with God to be rooted in relationship that draws you to Him when you can hear what He has to say to you through the Scripture. Consider praying this daily as you close your quiet time.
I have found that God answers prayers like these in wonderful ways...