When my kids were younger, I disliked their going in and out of the house. They'd hardly step outside to play before they'd be back indoors for one reason or another. It was irritating, yet I do it too. Especially when it comes to habits.
"I'm going to change this time," I declare every first day of January.
Slam! I forcefully close the door on a habit, then minutes later find the latch in my hand as I slowly creak open the door with one excuse or another. Soon the habit is back inside and my in-and-out struggle continues.
2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become ." In Isaiah 43, God promises to do a new thing. I want to stand on these promises. I want to discard the excuse that whispers, "You can hold simultaneously to both the old and the new." This choice results in a struggle that leaves me with only the old in the end. I don't want the in-and-out syndrome in my life on any level. Not with playtime. Not with the practical. Not with the spiritual. This year, I want to kick out the old and truly welcome in the new.
Confession: I'm attempting to break a 20 year ice eating habit. By the end of 2015, I hope to have replaced eating ice with drinking water. Are you kicking out something old and inviting in something new?