Many people resolve to do this or that, change
this or that, break a bad habit, or start a new
one. Sometimes it works but oftentimes it doesn't.
It is because many of us are like the bird in
the following story inspired by the writings of
David Brandt Berg.
A man once owned an eagle, and for many years
kept him chained to a stake. Every day the eagle
walked around and around that stake, and over
time wore a rut in the ground.
When the eagle was getting old, his master felt
sorry for him and decided to set him free. So he
took the metal ring off the eagle's foot,
lifted the eagle from the ground, and tossed him into
He was free Öbut he had forgotten how to fly! He
flip-flopped to the ground, walked back over to
his old rut, and started walking in circles like
he had for years. No chain and shackle held him,
just the habit!
There is a saying that the
chains of bad habits are too weak to be felt
until they are too strong to be broken--and
that would be true if it weren't with the Divine help
. We may think that itís not possible for
us to change, but if we
are sincerely willing to, God can change us by
the miracle-working-power of His Spirit. He does things we can't do!
We may have to put a
great deal of our own will to the transformation
process as well, but with God's intervention, we'll find that we have more
tenacity, determination, and ability to change
than we ever thought possible.
He said, "Whatever you ask in prayer,
believing, you will receive"
Some changes are
instantaneous, others take time but we will be changed,
because Jesus changes people!
How do we build habits?
Believe it or not, they used to build bridges by
first flying a kite from one side of the river
or gorge to the other. Someone on the
opposite side caught the kite and tied a little
thicker, stronger string to the end of the kite
string, and the men who had sent the kite over
pulled the new, thicker string back across.
The teams on each side kept repeating the
process, next with an even stronger string, then
a cord, then a thin rope, then a thicker rope,
and so on.
Eventually they could pull a small steel cable
across, then a heavier one, until finally they
had a cable across the expanse that was strong
enough to support them and their tools and
materials. -And it all started with one tiny
That's how habits are formed, both good and bad.
Add a thread every day, and before long we
can't break it. Let's start developing a good habit by
taking the first step, however small, in the
right direction. Then keep at it until we've
built up a routine that can't easily be broken.
Psychologists tell us that it usually takes us
three weeks to get familiar with some new task
or habit; it takes another three weeks before it
becomes a habit.
Now the reason why many people are not
successful in forming a new habit is because
they never make it past that six-week barrier.
For our new behavior to become a habit, we must
do it daily for at least six weeks.
So donít give up too easily or too soon. Keep at
By Tim Pedrosa
drops of rain make a hole in the stone, not by violence, but by
oft falling. -Lucretius 95 BC
persistence conquer all things. -Benjamin