What is something you do automatically, without giving it much thought, almost everyday? Here are a few:

  • Put on a seatbelt
  • Brush your teeth
  • Gas up the car
  • Check your phone
  • And probably the most important, breathing.

Every day we do dozens and dozens of actions that come as second nature; we barely have to think about most of them at all. One word used to describe these actions is “habits.” Now that we’re kicking off a new year, many people are seeking to start some new habits. Well, to be clear, most people want to start some good habits, and maybe drop some of the bad ones at the same time.

That’s the powerful thing about habits, once they are firmly established they are hard to break. That’s great for good habits, and crazy frustrating for the bad ones. So how do you build new good habits? Much has been written on the topic over the last decade, and I think it’s opened new insights into how a follower of Christ can be intentional to grow spiritually every day. That’s why over the next four Sundays we will take a break from our study of the book of John to look at the spiritual habits found in Romans chapter 12. We’ll study Ten Habits for Spiritual Life over those four weeks and also weave in many of the practical tips on how to really build a new habit.

It’s the start of a new year, and what better time to try and build a new habit to help you grow closer to Christ in the coming year? Maybe you could invite a friend or two to check out the series, as it’s going to be focused on practical ideas and tips to put into practice right away. 2023 was an amazing year and we saw God do so many powerful things at Valley View. I believe God has positioned us to be a part of reaching our community for Christ in powerful new ways in 2024!

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