I have spent over 30 years doing the same three habits every day. And I am confident that these daily habits are the reason I've maintained the same weight for 30 years, been happily married for over 30 years, and remained passionate for sharing the Gospel for over 30 years. In other words, these habits have proven--over time--that if you will consistently keep them, your life will be full of joy and discipline, and you will be useful to God.
My 3 Nonnegotiable Daily Habits:
1. Read the Bible daily. There is nothing more important that I do everyday than read God's Word. As a wife and mother, ministry and community leader, friend or family member, I need God's viewpoint on all aspects of my life. Why? My emotions and opinions, my doubts and insecurities, my predispositions and personality weaknesses will always distract my thinking and impact my actions UNLESS I am desperately seeking God's wisdom for my life. The Word of God is a MUST READ for anyone who wants to make wise and humble choices on a daily basis.
2. Pray about everything, don't worry about anything. Worry will steal your peace. It can even make you irritable and anxious! Both worry and prayer take mental exertion. Yet worry achieves NOTHING, and prayer leads achieves answers from God. If you want to see true change in your life, don't worry, but pray. How should you pray? Pray specifically, believing that God is able to change circumstances, correct injustice, and do the impossible. Prayer is a much more productive and motivational than worry.
3. Ask God and others for forgiveness. Unforgiveness will steal your joy. It will hurt your relationships with God and others, and it even can make you physically or emotionally sick. Jesus taught his disciples to forgive. He didn't suggest forgiveness as a good idea, but as a nonnegotiable habit of a follower of His. If you struggle to forgive others, you are setting yourself up to struggle with spiritual, emotional, and relational health. The most practical way to forgive daily is to write a daily letter to God. Ask Him to forgive you for any offenses and in turn, to give you the graciousness and humility to forgive others for offending you. Use I John 1:9 and Psalm 139:23-24 as a template for "forgiving prayer."
I am confident that these 3 habits will keep you joyful, healthy, and purposeful in your everyday life. If you would like to use the notebook/Bible system I have used for over 30 years, click here.