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Dealing with Bad Habits

By Doug Franklin September 28, 2009

Been told you have some bad habits that are hurting your ministry but you’re not sure how to get rid of them and move forward? The following may help.

1.      Check your heart
Selfishness is the root of many bad habits. God is at work in all of us to move our hearts from selfish to selfless. This is His great work in our lives. Acknowledge this work and open yourself up to others speaking into your heart. Start with prayer and ask the Spirit to continue the work. Thank Him and encourage Him to continue tinkering in your heart. Ask a mature Christ follower to meet with you weekly to talk over living a selfless life. Share your struggles and allow them to give you advice.

2.      Check your mind
Do you have labels you have given yourself because of accomplishments or abilities? Does some natural talent put you on a pedestal? Then remind yourself that God has given you these gifts to bring glory to Him. Remember bad habits sometimes come from misplaced perspectives. You are a servant – don’t forget it.

3.      Check your hands and feet

Make sure you are doing everything you are asking your followers to do. King David decided not to go to battle one year and look what happened to him. Are you keeping your hands and feet in God’s work or have you become lazy? Keep your focus, for when we forget to do the right things the wrong things replace them.

About the Author

Doug Franklin

Doug Franklin is the president of LeaderTreks, an innovative leadership development organization focusing on students and youth workers. Doug and his wife, Angie, live in West Chicago, Illinois. They don’t have any kids, but they have 2 dogs that think they are children. Diesel and Penelope are Weimaraners  who never leave their side. Doug grew up in…  Read More