Building Your Life Through Habits


I recently heard a sermon by pastor Craig Groeschel on building habits. I think it’s a good message, so I’d like to share it with you using my own words.

You see, we need to build the right habits if we want to build our lives. Why? Because how your life becomes depends on the decisions you make along the way. Small decisions in the right direction, done consistently in the form of habits, will go a long way.

A good example is Daniel in the Old Testament. His life was known for its remarkable quality.

Then this Daniel distinguished himself above the governors and satraps, because an excellent spirit was in him; and the king gave thought to setting him over the whole realm.
(Daniel 6:3)

The verse says that Daniel distinguished himself above the other officials because an excellent spirit was in him. But how could that happen? How could he have such an excellent spirit?

The answer is his habit. He had a habit that might seem insignificant but actually built an excellent spirit in him.

Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went home. And in his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom since early days.
(Daniel 6:10)

The verse says “as was his custom since early days.” That means praying had become his habit. It’s something that he had done for years. This seemingly simple habit, I believe, played a big role in building his excellent spirit.

So let’s build good habits in our lives. You might not feel the benefits right away, but years down the road, you will reap the rewards.