Habits

“Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.”

Ephesians 5:10

     Every parent has had to work with children to get them to break bad habits.  Perhaps the child has gotten in the habit of dropping food from the dinner table or maybe it is something more serious such as lying to cover up a misdeed.  Either way, all parents know how difficult it can be to get children to stop an action they have gotten in the regular habit of doing.

Conversely, every parent has worked hard to get children to pick up some good habits.  We all want our children to brush their teeth before going to bed, to buckle their seat belts before each car trip, and to be kind and use kind words with others.  The only way children will get into habits like these is for them to practice them over and over again.

Our lives are full of habits, even as adults.  Ephesians 5:10 reminds us that our actions are more than just mindless responses to the world around us, however.  Every action has a moral component and cannot be passed off as less than either right or wrong.  That moral determination is not left up to each individual to decide for himself either.

The Lord Jesus Christ is the measure of what is right.  An action is morally correct when it is in line with His character as revealed in His Word, the Bible.  We can be glad that morality is not subjectively based on an individual’s whims at a given moment, but based on eternal truth that will not change with the surrounding world.

At LCA, it is our goal to teach children to build habits that will be acceptable to the Lord.  We will train them to study and memorize Scripture so that they will never have to guess what pleases Him.  We will model prayer and Bible reading as a habit of communicating with Him, and we trust we are partnering with the home in practicing only the best habits in life.