Spiritual Disciplines: The Holy Habit of Doing (@longingtobeholy)

It’s a somewhat brief one from me this month – I blame last Friday’s appendectomy…  But I’ll come back to that in a bit.

And I feel I should apologise to those who remember my post from April 2014 (though I suspect I’m safe to assume that’s not many of you!).  But I just wanted to nudge briefly about doing.  A habit tends to be something we do.  Although we probably all have habitual thoughts, we tend to think more of the action as the habit.  When I think of Micah (and now I should apologise to @TheAlethiophile) I think of Micah 6:8, which I pray with/for my little boy every night.  It’s quite an action-based verse.

I reckon we sometimes need to be better at spurring one another on to doing stuff.  The current humanitarian crisis in Europe is one where we as Christians are actually starting to do stuff, rather than just acknowledging that we really should be doing something.  And that’s great!  But I often think I could do with more frequent nudges to do.  Church often tells me what to do, but sometimes I and my church friends could do with a more robust way of encouraging each other to actually act!

Which brings me on to my appendix.  It was whipped out and taken into the custody of the NHS last week.  That’s a good thing, because it had gone a bit wrong.  I’m now in the recuperation stage.  I’ve been told not to drive.  That is really, really inconvenient.  But I know I shouldn’t, and I know that doing so would be bad.  But I still need some nudges not to try to do so too early.  And I figure it’s the same sort of thing in my Christian life.  I know what I should be doing, but sometimes I need a bit of a nudge.

So here’s the challenge – can you do something in the coming days that nudges someone to act, and asks them to nudge you back?  Not in an overbearing way, but in a good-friend kind of way.  Social media means that we wander round with our Christian friends in our pockets or on our bedside tables.  We’ve never had it so good.  Let’s make the most of it 🙂

About Nick Parish

Nick is a stay at home Dad who’s slowly learning that this fact doesn’t need to be justified by adding things like, ‘I’m writing a book’, and ‘I’m a Special Constable with Derbyshire Police’ (though both these facts are true…) He is heavily outnumbered by girls during term time, living in a boarding school in the Midlands. He grew up (ish) in Pakistan, returning to England at the age of 14. Though he’s happy to think of both places at home, he keeps reminding himself that he’ll never really be home this side of eternity. He is married to Anna, who runs the boarding house in which they live, and they have two boys, Joshua and Luke. He blogs at longingtobeholy.wordpress.com and Tweets @longingtobeholy