Habits are things we do repeatedly, most of the time we are hardly aware that we have them. They’re on autopilot.          

 True or false:

It is easier to give up good ones than bad ones.

It is easier to identify bad habits in other people rather than yourself.

 (Illustration): Four plants: seed, rooted, scrub, tree – easier to get rid of when small than when grown into a hard tree [works both ways].

Some are good, some bad, and some don’t matter.

1)      Be Responsible   Romans 14:10-12, 2 Cor. 5:10

One day you will be responsible!  Start now!

a) Blame no one, don’t be a victim, the world today is full of victims

b) You can only control the way you react to things

2)      Begin with the end in mind  Luke 14:28-30

a) Always have a plan; Set goals (Make a LIST)

b) Remember that there are Consequences for your actions Gal.6:7

3)      Put first things first  Matt. 6:27-34

a) You will do whatever you put first in your life

b) Focus on the things that matter, Matt. 6:19-21

4)      The Golden Rule  Matt. 7:12

a) Life is not a vicious competition

b) Help someone

5)      Listen sincerely  Job 37:2

a) Seek first to understand

b) Then to be understood

6)      Seek Counsel  Prov. 19:20, 11:14

a) Ecc. 1:9 No new thing under the sun

b) Folks in this church are a great resource

7)      Sharpen your saw  Romans 12:1-2 

Abraham Lincoln once said, “If given eight hours to cut down a tree, I would spend the first four hours sharpening my saw”, Take the time to prepare yourself for things that are ahead of you.

a) Read your Bible

b) Pray

c) Witness