Monday, May 19, 2008

They Say It Takes 21 Days...

To make or break a habit. I am challenging myself to form a new habit: sitting down to eat without doing anything else at the same time. (It's amazing how many things I can do while I eat!)

Why this particular habit, you ask? Well, first of all, I believe the Lord told me to. And I can see why. I mean, when I eat while doing something else (even watching TV), I tend to eat more and not feel as satisfied.

I have been reading Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster. I was struck by something he said in the chapter titled, "Study":

Most people find it virtually impossible to go through an entire day focusing on a single thing. We are the lesser for this dissipation of our energies.

I am trying to focus on doing one thing at a time now. Forming a habit of sitting down to eat without other distractions, for me, is just one step toward living a more purposeful and focused life.

For whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all for the glory of God. -- 1Corinthians 10:31

So, does anyone else have a habit they would like to form? Please pray about it first. Then let me know!

My challenge officially begins Wednesday. First, let us know what habit you want to "make or break." Make it measurable. (Not, "I want to read the Bible more..." Instead, try, "I will read 2 chapters every day for 21 days.") Check in periodically in the comments to let us know how you are doing; at least once per week. We can encourage and pray for each other.

But if nobody else is led to take part, I don't mind doing it alone. I will update you on my progress :-)


Anita said...

I really find it surprising that most people do more than one thing at a time. It seems like many of the people in my life only do one thing at a time and find it hard to do more than one. Is that weird?

Missy said...

Brandi, I haven't been blogging as much lately for this very reason. I have known for years that to divide my attention always leaves me unsatisfied - but I just can't seem to stop. Maybe I can do it with just one habit at a time...hmmm? I would like to pursue the same habit - especially sitting down with the family at dinner. I have a horrible desire to run to another room with my plate and watch TV or blog or veg-out, just to get away from that afterschool-to-dinner rush.

So my goal: sit down at the table for dinner every night - until everyone is finished.

Great blog! I am praying for you, sis!

Kellie said...

Brandi, I am a fellow OWOA and my goal is to incoporate exerise into my life at least 4 days a week. I just can't seem to get into this habit and it is so vital not only for weight loss but for health. Please pray with me that I will be able to do this and I will pray for you.

Bird said...

I'd like to memorize two Bible verses per week. So, that's my habit I want to form!