Living With Intention in 5775: Week 14

So last week, the goal was “to let Hashem into your dark places–the rooms in your heart that you’ve locked up, wanted to ignore, and pretended don’t exist.” Yesterday, my accountability group was discussing what to do for this week. We all agreed that we wanted to camp out on the current challenge for an extra week with one little minor focus change.

In order to have any lasting change, we need to have a reason to change and we need a means by which to accomplish change. Without a “why” or “how” we will not form a new habit. So last week having recognized the “what”, now let us ask Hashem to show us the “why”.

Dr. Stephen R. Covey says of habit:

“Habit is the intersection of knowledge (what to do), skill (how to do), and desire (want to do).” ~The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

The “desire” is the “why”. I personally see the skills–the “how”–at least where spiritual growth and maturity are concerned, as being our ability to choose to bring our will into alignment with Hashem’s will. The best way I know of to accomplish this is by daily renewing my mind with the Word of G-d.

“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of G-d.” (Romans 12:2)

I will leave you with a short lecture on “starting with why”. I hope as we camp out and continue to let the Spirit shine the soft lamplight in our dark rooms, we will begin to get concrete, solidified reasons to help us form new habits that will better help us to manifest the Love and Light of Hashem into a dark and hopeless world.

Blessings and Shalom for a good and fruitful week!