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I am in the habit of walking first thing of a morning. Before anyone else is up (or at least awake enough to hold a conversation), my alarm goes off, I get up, put on my clothes and shoes and walk out the door. Now I have absolutely been through stages where the habit has faded, but when I am in that habit, nothing really stops me. I don’t particularly notice that it’s raining, till I’m well on my way. If the weather is so ridiculous that I bail, it feels really strange a

nd I am really lost with what to do with myself, as it totally throws out my routine.

Habits take time to form though. They come from making a decision and doing something purposefully and consistently until it happens naturally. I’m absolutely and completely convinced that so much of the success of Daniel’s life, and his ability to stand strong, was based on predecisions that became habits. He predecided not to defile himself with food that was set aside for idols. He predecided, long before the law of the land made it illegal, to seek God three times a day in prayer. So sure enough, when it became illegal, risky and actually life-threatening, his habit took over. “In his upper room, with his windows open toward Jerusalem, he knelt down on his knees three times that day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as was his custom.” (Daniel 6:10)

As we continue our look at the life of Daniel this Sunday, we’ll be encouraged to consider that if we want to stand strong in the trials and temptations we face, and not be swayed by the crowd, by the majority, then we’ll make some decisions, that we decide consistently until they become habits.

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