You tell yourself you’re going to do it, and this time, stick to it. Whatever that thing is that you’re trying to do to better yourself, the first step of deciding what to do is easy, but then actually doing it can be very tough. Which brings us to today’s Bible or Not quote:
“The spirit is willing, but the body is weak”. – Bible or Not?
It is common knowledge that it takes about 21 days to make or break a habit. I’m sure we’ve all been there, the first few days we feel confident and strong, even enthusiastic about the prospects of the new life ahead. I’ll read the scriptures every day, I’ll pray more often, I’ll start eating better, I’ll start exercising, I’ll stop smoking, I’ll stop gossiping, I’ll be more active in church, I’ll donate more of my time and money, I’ll watch less TV, and on and on the list goes…
Then after a few days it gets hard. In our minds we know the right thing to do, and we are committed, but it seems as though all of nature is conspiring against us. Yes, the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. So is there a way to overcome and win this battle? Not without a change of mindset (see our God is Now Here post). The Bible teaches us: “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind”, in Romans 12:2.
Yes, you can push through the 2nd week and into the 3rd and then beyond to make or break that new habit. But the only way to make it truly stick is by making it a part of your lifestyle, part of your thinking, and integral part of your mindset. Yes, you must change your mind from the old and renew it with the better way.
So is “the spirit is willing but the body is weak” from the Bible?