Gospel Gazette Online

Vol. 12 No. 1 January 2010

Page 13

Habit Eliminators

Ernest S. Underwood

All of us have habits—some good, some not so good, and some that are wrong and sinful. I read recently the following statement about habits. Let us look at them.

If a habit…

1. Does not build up, but tears down your physical powers.

2. Does not increase, but depletes your financial strength.

3. Does not add to, but detracts from the beauty of your personality.

4. Does not commend, but reflects on the Worthy Name by which you are called.

5. Set an example you are unwilling for a child to follow—it should be eliminated.

What habits do you have?

The Rule of Three

Recently I read a short little piece entitled, “A Rule of Three.” Let me read it to you. I think that you will agree with its sentiments.

Three things to govern: Temper, Tongue, Conduct.

Three things to cultivate: Courage, Affection, Gentleness.

Three things to commend: Thrift, Industry, Promptness.

Three things to despise: Cruelty, Arrogance, Ingratitude.

Three things to wish for: Health, Contentment, Friends.

Three things to admire: Dignity, Intellectual Power, Gracefulness.

Three things to give: Alms to the Needy, Comfort to the Sad, Appreciation to the Worthy.

And I add one—Things to do: Study the Word of God, Obey It, Teach It to Others.

These might just make some good resolutions for the New Year also.

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