I think the bad habits are the only ones that are hard to break, don't you?
Ever noticed that it takes months to build new, good habits and only a day to be back to the old, bad ones?
Why is that, do you think?
I work months at eating right, getting up early to exercise, practicing being hungry, denying the flesh - all to lose weight and feel better.
And in one week of allergies/colds/broken arms and babies that cough through the night - I'm back to the old unhealthy habits. Sleeping until I HAVE to get up and eating whatever is there.
I used to wonder how it was possible to long for heaven. Life was so good HERE, how could we want to leave this earth?
Now I know.
The struggle to do right? It wears me out.
The battle against my flesh? Exhausting.
And although I look forward to heaven because I long to be with Christ and see those I love who have gone before, I must admit the biggest reason I long for it now is because it will be the end of the battle.
Not just my own personal battles, but the battle for right on this earth.
For freedom, for sacrifice. For people to see that it's not about THEM and who will give them WHAT, it's about the freedom to tell the world about Jesus and be the light in the darkness.
You DO know that's why the pilgrims came to America? They had missionary hearts.
It may not be long until we lose that freedom. The freedom to share Christ with our neighbors near and far. To speak out for truth and against evil.
But in heaven? The battle will be over. Jesus will reign on every level, in every realm and we won't have to fight anymore.
Maybe I'm just tired.
But heaven sounds better all the time!