Set Up For Success: How Our Habits Shape Our Faith
For freedom Christ set us free.
So why do we keep running back to the things that imprison us?
I know that praying first thing in the morning will provide peace and joy and a strong foundation for my day… yet I’ve started scrolling through my phone before opening my Bible.
I know that going to bed early will give me the strength and energy to fulfill my commitments… yet I’ve been going to bed later and later.
I know that doing my homework and knocking out assignments will help me fulfill my current role as a student, and will create freedom to have fun with my friends… yet I’ve been binging The Crown and cramming my homework in late at night.
“For I do not do what I want, but I do what I hate.” Romans 7:15
I’ve been praying through St. Paul’s letter to the Romans this month and it’s been calling me out all over the place. This especially is something I’ve been wrestling with as I’ve fought to get into a good, healthy, and sustainable routine now that I’m back at school.
Sometimes we do the things we know will hurt us because we believe that the momentary happiness and control that come from doing whatever we want will last. But it won’t, and then we’re stuck paying the consequences of our actions.
As I work to get my discipline back in line, I’ve been focusing on the following:
- Baby steps, one at a time – such as leaving my phone in the kitchen and not touching it until after prayer
- Calendaring homework blocks and bedtime, so I’m extra aware of when I’ve stepped out of line though lollygagging
- Accountability – telling people around me what I’ve committed to and allowing their questions and encouragements to keep me on track (if you tell everyone you are training for a marathon then everyone will ask how training is going, therefore you better have something to say!)
How have you found ways to get back into a groove after a move or transition? Share with me by replying below!
What we’re loving lately
Mmmm I just love getting a new “Letter from a Catholic Feminist” in my inbox… her takes are hot and so good and incredibly thought provoking. I took a class in undergrad where the professor spent two weeks on why prostitution is “empowering” and “uplifts women by providing opportunity,” but that never sat well with me. Claire gives such good language to my discomfort, and I only wish I’d had this article six years ago so I could have spoken up more eloquently in my class!
Runs with friends!!
I’m T-6 weeks away from my marathon (!!) and the greatest gift I’ve received in training has been having friends who show up and run with me. Nothing makes the miles pass quicker than a good conversation with a good friend. It’s reminded me that hard things (really all things) are made better when experienced in community. What is something hard you need to do this week, and how can you invite a friend to be part of it?
Join my NYC bible study!
I’m hosting a biweekly bible study at my apartment in Manhattan. If you’re a NYC girl, reply to this email to get in the text chain! We would love to have you 🙂
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Jane was born in Australia, raised in California, and is overjoyed to now call NYC home. She graduated from UCSB with degrees in Political Science and Communication and spent the past two years working in criminal justice reform. She is currently an MBA student at NYU Stern, focusing on entrepreneurship and strategy.