Create Healthy Habits
by Jason Romano
“Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.” – Psalm 128:1
When I was a kid, I had a terrible habit of biting my fingernails. I would nibble those things down the skin and in many cases, would come to the point of pain. Each time I would finish this endeavor, I would shake my head and say, “why am I so stupid?”
And then I’d do it again.
Bad habits can be destructive, but good habits can be really healthy for your body and even more, healthy for your soul.
When I was 25, my then girlfriend (now wife) and I decided to try and create a more healthy habit of what we were putting in our bodies, so we got rid of soda and only drank water. Now, 20 years later, we still carry that habit. There is no soda in our house (for the most part) and water is still our primary drink of choice.
Over the last few years, I have realized that developing good habits for my soul has really helped me in my relationship with God. Here are the three that have been most beneficial.
1. Keeping my phone in my office at night before I go to bed.
It’s been so important for me to keep my phone and all its distractions away from the bedroom. I haven’t been successful in doing this EVERY night, but during the week, it’s really allowed me to connect with my wife, not be stuck on social media before bed, and read more books. (Which leads to number two on the list)
2. Reading a book for 20 minutes every day.
I love to read but my attention span makes it very difficult to DIVE into a book for hours at a time. However, I have been able to find that I can read for 20 minutes each day on anything I want. I just finished a book by Knox McCoy called “The Wondering Years” and the majority of my reading for that book, occured in the morning before work began or in the evening before bed. I highly recommend reading for 20 minutes a day AWAY from your digital devices.
3. Lastly, I needed to develop a better discipline in my walk with the Lord to connect with God on a deeper level.
That now takes place by me waking up each morning at 545am. It gives me 30 minutes to pray, do my morning devotional and get into God’s word. It keeps each day in perspective and allows me to make sure I put the most important thing in my life first, my faith. You can do this too, even if its 5 minutes, make that a priority each day.
What are some of the habits you’ve developed?
This week, look to develop good habits that can increase production, but even more, breathe life into your soul.
I hope you have a great week!
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Jason Romano is a speaker, author, media consultant and church leader with over 20 years of professional broadcasting experience on the regional and network level. Jason is now the host and producer of the Sports Spectrum podcast where he interviews athletes, coaches, and other personalities on the intersection of sports and faith.
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