1// We are formed by habits more than willpower. Ask any 70-year old marathoner.
2// "Train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come." 1 Timothy 4:7b-8
3// Worship forms us by calling us together in community before God. (Joshua 24:1-2) We're forced to live out the truth that its not all about me. And that's a good thing.
4// "At home, in my own house, there is no warmth or vigor in me, but in the church when the multitude is gathered together, a fire is kindled in my heart and it breaks its way through." - Martin Luther
5// When we worship together we're reminded of The Story. (Joshua 24:2-13).
6// We need to hear the truth of God's grace, redemption, rescue, forgiveness and faithfulness over and over until it becomes part of the way we think, feel, and respond.
7// In worship, we're pulled beyond our present circumstances. (Habakkuk 3:17-19)
8// You can enjoy something (a burrito, or even God) by intentionally bringing its goodness before your mind. Do that enough, and it just might become a habit.
9// Gratitude is a reason to worship, but it's also a result of worship.
10// All of this takes effort. But consistent effort, with God's Spirit and his power, is what forms habits - habits that shape our thinking and being.