RENEWAL Devotional: Be Diligent
Written by Lydia D’Ross, Ordained Minister and Outreach Chaplain for RENEWAL at Brookhaven Hospital
“.. be diligent in these matters; give yourself wholly to them, so that everyone may see your progress.” (1 Timothy 4: 15)
Recently, I started my new year’s spiritual resolution by first doing a cleanse. This involved taking several different vitamins and minerals. I added it all up, and, in total, there were 10 pills to take in the morning. Then if I remember, 8 more pills in the evenings. I wanted to stop on the fifth day, because I began to feel better. Not a good thing to do according to Maltz. In 1960, Maltz published his thoughts on behavior change in a book called Psycho-Cybernetics, and said that “a minimum of about 21 days for an old mental image to dissolve and a new one to jell.”
We all have a soul, a spirit and we live in a body. Sometimes we take care of our bodies and our soul. But we do forget to take care of our spirit. Why is that important? All three are one and each of those areas need to have an overall balance of one another. We need to consistently seek the word of God in good times as well as difficult ones. If we stop feeding our spirit, because we feel temporarily better, we will not be prepared when the tough times occur in our lives.
How do we feed our spirit? By reading God’s word daily to have ever lasting results. You can read a chapter a day with your family and call it family time before bed or in the morning before you head out the door. With our busy schedule, it takes personal commitment, consistency and due diligence.
According to Maltz, a small habit can change your life if you can commit to it.