When we read this book , there’s this character that puts on her “habit.”
A little hand here pats my shoulder and asks, “What’s a habit?” The amaryllis on the sill, it’s swelling in hope.
And I tell Shalom this: a habit is something that is worn.
She flickers recognition, nods, turns back to the page. She waits for me to read the next line.
I’m sort of struck: A habit is what we wear. A habit is the way we wear our days.
Wear new habits and your life gets a makeover. Consistently do things at the same time everyday and find yourself a new person.
I look down at my jeans and a threadbare knee. I have habits that desperately need changing.
I lay out new threads: clip The Day’s Draft to the clipboard.
And scratching down a plan for each day, The Day’s Draft, working on habits and consistency: there’s realizing this too:
If it matters, you make the time.
If it doesn’t, you make excuses.
Standing in an imperfect place is just the perfect place to begin, and everyday offers the hope of Day 1. His mercies are new every morning and this is a gift.
Snow falls in the orchard.
I carry a clipboard and try on new habits. I set the timer and do pomodoros for each of the tasks on the Day’s Draft. I wear new threads.
And then, at the end of the day, to be done with the day because you’ve done what you could do. The accomplishment of a day isn’t so much about accomplishing goals but abiding in God, and this is the thing that needs remembering. True, the day may have stumbled and fallen, but in Christ we are the saved.
Tomorrow, it will descend like a fresh dew, a fresh snow, and it will come again — Fresh grace all over again.
The amaryllis on the sill, it resolves to unfold beauty. And it does, it blooms wide open. It does it there on the sill — wears this habit of hope.
Right here in winter, the snow still falling deep in the orchard.
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