Four Vital Habits

In his best-selling book Atomic Habits, James Clear writes, “Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become. No single instance will transform your beliefs, but as the votes build up, so does the evidence of your new identity.” Our actions or habits are small, singular votes that establish our character.

This season of life is difficult for many reasons, and one of those reasons is the disruption of our normal routines. Our school, work, shopping, and church habits are different now than they were before. Would you consider your habits… these singular votes for the type of person you are becoming?

Here are four habits for you to consider practicing right now…

  1. Sunday worship. For many of us, coming to church in a physical rather than online gathering is more convenient and enjoyable, but that doesn’t make our online worship gathering any less valuable or important. Create a consistent routine, including time and place, to participate in the Sunday worship service, whether you do that alone, with your family, or with friends. You can watch at 9:15 or 11am on Sundays or anytime.
  2. Family faith. Take this opportunity to become more engaged in the spiritual growth of your children. It’s never too soon or too late to influence the development of your children’s faith in Jesus.
    • For students 7th-12th grade on Sundays at 6:30, participate online or in person at GFC, where students are segmented to limit the size of our gatherings, face coverings are used, and physical distance maintained.
    • For children (preschool, elementary, and pre-teen), find the streaming worship and Bible lesson each week beginning  Sundays at 8am and stay connected on social media.
  1. Relationships. It might be a little more complicated (my group is still figuring out our fall plans), but our relationships with each other are as important now as they’ve ever been. Stay connected with your existing group, help start a new one, or join a group right now. Whether you are a young or senior adult or somewhere in between, or maybe you are exploring or want to grow deeper in faith, find the group that’s right for you.
  2. Serving. Continue finding small and large ways to express love by serving other people. Whether it’s a personal action no one else will know about or praying for healthcare workers, find ways to be the body of Christ. Look for new opportunities to serve through GFC locally and globally this fall.

Thank you for sticking with GFC in these challenging times. I want you to know we are also available to offer any help we can. Your habits help create your identity. What person are you becoming?


P.S. If you’ve been curious about how re:generation can help you overcome your hurts, habits, and hang-ups, you can now try out re:gen online Mondays at 6:30.

Titus O’Bryant
Teaching & Executive Pastor of Ministries