Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Laying Down Rails, a Safeguard against Sin?

Genesis 4:7 ~ If you do well, will you not be accepted?  And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door.  And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.

A portion of this verse has been often quoted in our home, as an encouragement to resist temptation to sin.  But this week the verse as a whole spoke quietly to me, "Here is a wonderful reason to pursue the establishment of good habits."

Pondering this, I asked myself, "how does one do well?"  Getting past the "Sunday School" answers, words like cheerfulness, punctuality, attentiveness, orderliness, kindness, diligence came to mind, reminding me once again of another common phrase.    "Laying down the rails,"   By continuing to pursue good habits, rails are laid down that keep one moving along the track of a life well lived.

Good habits make it easy to move forward each day, despite the circumstances.  And the opposite, bad habits open the door to temptation, sin.

A fresh encouragement to press on with habit training in our home, in my own life.

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