Habits are awfully difficult to break. We all know that. I have a firmly entrenched belief that doing 30 minutes of aerobic exercise several times a week is a key component of staying healthy and controlling weight. I recently have encountered several articles that challenge that belief. The latest research seems to show that while such exercise may be helpful for one’s cardiovascular system, it is not effective at burning fat and losing weight. I find it hard to let go of a belief that I have depended on for 30 years. What am I supposed to do now? My tendency is to keep doing what I’ve always done because…well…because old habits die hard.
I could go on at some length listing such things. They are all tied to the way things are in the world without the Gospel. If there is no God who loves me unconditionally, if I don’t have great worth in his eyes, if I am not his adopted and beloved child able to trust him to always provide all I need, then those things make sense. But living with that kind of habitual thinking is deadly. It robs me of peace and joy. What I have to remember is the fence is gone. I no longer need to think those things. In Christ the old has gone and I am a new creation. Why go back to the old?