Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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DO HABITS MAKE OR BREAK YOUR FUTURE?
By Ada Brownell
Excerpt from IMAGINE THE FUTURE YOU

Habits are like the tree in Vashon Island, Washington, that grew around a bicycle until the bike became part of the tree. Somebody obviously leaned the bike against the tree when it was a small sapling. Now the bicycle is lodged into a large tree trunk five or six feet off the ground. It is impossible to remove the bike without destroying the tree.

Dr. Alan Friedman, a botanist at Marquette University in Milwaukee, says if an immovable object comes in contact with a growing tree, the growth that creates wood and bark will eventually cover the object. The only exception is a wire or rope put entirely around a tree, which will kill it.[1]

Habits are one part of our lives we control, but we can’t choose our parents. God made sure they love you by implanting love into their beings, although some moms and dads don’t show their love. But even parents who forsake their children love them, because many come back to them later in life and ask for forgiveness.

Habits entwine themselves into us in a similar way and become part of who we are. Some habits make us better people because they cause us to do good things. Bad habits wrapped into our character jeopardize our future.

Some people think if they have bad habits it's their parents' fault. Parents are involved all right but we can't choose our mom and dad. We do choose to copy good and bad behavior. It's our choice.

Yet, parents are stuck with their children, and their children are stuck with them. Your mother and father didn't have control over the genes you inherited, either. By the same token, they had nothing to do with the kind of atmosphere their ma and pa provided for them that influenced their behavior.

True genetics, culture, temperament, talents, education, beliefs, quirks, and hang-ups of the people who gave us earthly life affect us, but we can’t blame them if we end up a drunkard, too lazy to support ourselves, or in prison. No matter who we are, our background, what internal and external obstacles we face, we can scramble over everything in our way and reach a life of joy and fulfillment.

How?

By making wise decisions every hour of every day. The wisest decision we’ll ever make is to believe the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, for He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. In comparing us to sheep Jesus said, “The thief’s (Satan’s) purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life” John 10:10 NLT.

This not only means a satisfying life on earth, but for eternity. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).







[1] Country Magazine Extra Collector’s Edition 5 (Harlan, IA, 1995).