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Ask for help

Ask for Help

Yesterday we talked about finding healthy identity in God’s truth about you. Today’s letter of HABITS may be one of the most important, because it’s vital to all of the rest: ask for help. 

In the book of Hebrews—a letter written to Jews who were following Jesus—it is suggested that neglecting to get together with other believers is not just the lack of a good habit, but actually the presence of a bad habit.  

The original Greek word used for “habit” in Hebrews 10:24-25 is éthos which implies something that’s become a custom, that may even be prescribed by law or otherwise. Habits are always a prescription for something. Good habits, like becoming a part of a faith community, are good medicine. Bad habits, like isolating ourselves when we’re struggling, are a prescription for further pain and despair. 

For instance, you will need today’s letter (ask for help) to make any significant progress with yesterday’s letter: healthy identity. Most of the hidden and deeper identity struggles we face will only come out as we engage in conversation with people we trust, counselors, pastors, spouses, and the God we trust. 

Have you made the habit of neglecting to be in community with others? That’s okay. The prescription is simple: ask for help. But don’t just ask for help once. Make a custom of getting together regularly to share openly with people who are following Christ. 

Ask yourself: Who will I talk to about the habits I’m trying to make and break? What will I tell them? When will I talk with them?

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