The Power of Quitting

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Last week, we talked about the subject of change. We discussed the fact that change is part of life and change is something that living things do. We, as people who are alive in Christ, are constantly evolving as we’re walking out this sanctification process. I’m so intrigued by the factors that impact our decision to make a change.

We tend to wait to make changes until the beginning of something new:
I’ll start my diet on Monday.
I’ll make a budget on the 1st of the month.
I’ll make that my New Year’s resolution.

Bob Goff, the best-selling author of the book Love Does and founder of the organization with the same name, quits something every Thursday. Most of the time, it’s small stuff, but some days he decides to quit big things just because it’s Thursday.

What a radical way of living! Bob doesn’t wait for some external force to signal him to make a change, he’s incorporated it into his weekly routine and life. Can you imagine just how freeing this could be? You wouldn’t be able to get stuck in a rut if you made it a life habit to quit things regularly. It’s hard to continue on with certain unhealthy patterns of behavior just because “that’s what I do” or “it’s what we’ve always done” when you have this thought of change on the brain.

While I’m not advocating that we all need to quit something each Thursday (if you want to, have at it!), I just want us to quit something this Thursday. It’s the middle of the week, the middle of the month, and it’s right before the holidays, which means, according to culture and how we normally think about change, it’s an awful time to quit something. But I think that is what makes it a great idea!

Maybe you’ll quit something small like biting your nails or whistling while you work.
Maybe it’s something a little bigger like picking up a book instead of watching the 5th hour of your favorite show.
Maybe it’s a huge thing like quitting unforgiveness or drinking.

We have an opportunity to quit something and make a positive change in our lives before the new year rolls around complete with its allure of newness.

What’s something that you can quit tomorrow? I’m so excited to learn what you’re quitting and how it’ll positively impact your life and the lives of those around you! Don’t procrastinate, don’t put it off, don’t delay. Write it on your calendar, set a reminder in your phone, tell your best friend or your spouse or your kids and ask them to hold you accountable.

Let me know in the comments what you’re quitting and come back tomorrow and let me know how it went!

Let’s make tomorrow the best Thursday of the year!

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