Mar 15, 2011


Every day, we make what seem like a billion decisions. From tying our shoes in the morning to untying them each evening, who really knows how many decisions the average person makes?
As those in Japan learned this week, many of our decisions are out of our hands. However, many decisions are within our control. The intensity of wrestling with our decisions fluctuates from unconscious decision making to brutally conscious choices. To relieve us from some of these daily pressures, however, some well worn habits can save us from our agony.

Aristotle reminds us that there are good habits as well as those which are not so good. He said: “We are what we repeatedly do; excellence is therefore not an act but a habit.” Thus developing certain habits rescues us from having to make a decision about many things. If you want to help your children (or you) then do not decide each weekend as to whether or not your family will go to church or not each Sunday.

Make it a family habit. To save wear and tear on the human organism, perhaps we should surrender as much of life as possible to habits that save us from having to re-think matters to which there are usually some pretty obvious answers. The agony you save may be your own!

To close I want to share what I read this week in the UM Reporter: Richard A. Kauffman wrote:

I can’t speak for others, but here is why I go to church. I go first of all to meet God, to be in God’s presence. I go also to make connection with other people who share many of my foundational convictions and commitments. I go to find meaning in life, to make sense of my life and to search for guidance on how I should live out my life.

In other words, I go to church to be part of something bigger than myself, to join my storyline with one that started long before I made my appearance in this life and will continue beyond my earthly existence.

I also go for the music. My congregation is blessed with some talented musicians . . .
I like that and I certainly agree with Mr. Kauffman. It is something to think about this Lent.


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