I often hear people say that old habits die hard, but I know by experience that with God conquering things is much easier.
My family LOVES Japanese hibachi restaurants. Since I was a kid, we would go to Japanese restaurants for special occasions, birthdays, and just because we wanted to.
Everyone in my family, including my grandma, loves Japanese food. It's kind of our thing.
If you're not familiar with hibachi restaurants, before the cook prepares the food in front of you, he will offer you two dipping sauces—ginger sauce and "yum yum" sauce.
Growing up, my mom would always tell the cook that we didn't want yum yum sauce. "Double ginger for all of us," she would say. So, as I got older and to this day, I always ask for double ginger and no yum yum sauce.
Well, something funny happened this past summer.
My whole family gathered to take my grandma out to dinner for her 91st birthday. Without question, we went to her (and my) favorite hibachi restaurant in NYC.
When the cook was about to pour the sauces, my mom immediately told him that we wanted double ginger all around. Normally everyone would just agree, but not this time.
My grandma goes, "Well what's the other sauce?" My mom told her that she doesn't know but we never get it. Then grandma says, "Have any of you ever tasted it?" We all looked at each other ... and said no.
Then, we busted out laughing 😂.
We realized that we never even tried the sauce because my mom always ordered double ginger for us when we were kids. She got it from my dad, and now it was a habit that we didn't even think twice about.
I tried it that day, though, and it was actually good. But if I'm honest, I still always order double ginger 😉.
There are many habits, both negative and positive ones, that we’ve unconsciously applied to our lives.
One of my first roommates in New York City had a British accent. I was curious where she got her accent from because she was born in NY. I later found out that she picked up the accent as a kid while spending some time in England.
What are some of the things you’ve picked up along the way?
People we love and respect, like our parents, most often want what's best for us. But they sometimes teach us things (intentionally and unintentionally) that stifle our growth and hold us back from who God is calling us to be.
Bad counsel can stem from loving motives, which is why it's important for us to ask God for wisdom.
"If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives
generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you."
- James 1:5
What habits have you picked up along the way that can possibly be holding you back from all that God has planned for you?
If there’s a negative habit or trait that you're allowing to define who you are, with the help of God, you can change it.
You are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. He didn't give you a spirit of fear, so challenge yourself daily to step outside your comfort zone.
Evaluate the habits you've picked up over the years. And if there's something that's keeping you bound, ask God to help you break the chains today.
Old habits don't always die hard, because with God all things are possible.
"Jesus looked at them and said, 'With man this is impossible,
but with God all things are possible.'”
- Matthew 19:26
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You were born to do great things. With the help of God, recognize and break old habits that aren't serving you well.