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REBLOGGED FROM MEDITATIONS OF MY HEART By Rev. Philip Hoppe

[COMPENDIUM: THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF A NEW SERIES ON THE “SEVEN HABITS OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE”. PLS. GO TO THE LINK BELOW TO SIGN UP AND FOLLOW PASTOR HOPPE’S BLOG FOR THIS SERIES.]

When I went to my oldest child’s school orientation this week, they unveiled the theme phrase that will be emphasized in school this year.  It is this: Excellence is not an act but a habit.  This mantra is actually a quote from Aristotle. The full quote is “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”   Isn’t it interesting that when it comes to everything other than the faith modern people recognize the value of habit. Dentists tell you to floss everyday.  Grandma tells you that an apple a day will keep the doctor away. Coaches have you run the same play over and over again.  And as the new theme for my son’s school phrase shows, educators understand also that habitual routines are central to excellence.   When it comes to God though, somehow most of our society has decided that habits and rituals get in the way of our relationship to God.  Quite to the contrary, habits and rituals indeed are the very way that God sustains his relationship with us.

Read more… http://ihoppe.com/blog/?p=3430

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