I’ve been reading a book about habits for the last few days. It is interesting to learn how habits are developed. We have been somewhat domesticated as to what to buy, what to wear, and even what to do at some extent. My favorite story so far is the one about pepsodent—toothpaste!
In the early 1900’s America’s teeth was in crisis. No one brushed their teeth because no one felt the need to do so. The story is too long to tell it here, but what you need to know is that one man was able to make brushing our teeth a daily habit. His approach was to use a marketing strategy, something unheard of at that time, to offer a solution to a problem. People didn't know they had a teeth problem that could be fixed. The first step in the marketing strategy was to convince people of their need and then offer a solution.
When we are convinced that we have a need, and that such need can be met, we gravitate towards the solution offered to meet that need. It happens every week at the mall, the grocery store, while watching tv. We are constantly bombarded with solutions to problems that we didn’t even know we had.
Our habits are developed and influenced by many factors and breaking bad habits or making new ones is always a challenge. Eating healthy, exercising, being on time, reading more, watching less tv, etc… The list goes on and on when it comes to habits we would like to develop or break. At least for me is hard to make new habits the norm. I tend to blame circumstances, lack of time, others, and whatever else I can for my lack of discipline.
I think our biggest issue is that we have a hard time recognizing who we are, acknowledge our own gifts and talents, and then be the best at them. I also believe that we don’t like to admit when we have a problem and then ask for help. We tend to compete and try to prove ourselves. It is also easy to criticize those that are better at the things we wish we were better at.
In the end, we all share the same need of fulfillment. Just as in the 1900’s teeth were in crisis, I believe in our days many souls are in crisis too but the problem is that they don’t know it yet. Perhaps you can be the person that convinces others about their real issues, and then present Jesus and help them make a relationship with him a daily habit.
I am convinced that guiding people towards Jesus is the first step in bringing hope to this world.
Don’t try to break bad habits, replace them with the good ones—begin with Jesus.
What habits do you need to replace? Comment below, let's help each other.