Conquering bad habits without delay

June 27, 2017 | 15 comments

Bad habits are easier to abandon today than tomorrow.

~ Yiddish Proverb

15 thoughts on “Conquering bad habits without delay”

  1. Leaving things for tomorrow is a bad habit because”tomorrow” never comes for those who keep postponing things .. ” NOW IS THE ONLY TIME.”
    If there is a delay in getting rid of bad habits, they tend to overpower us….So it’s best to get rid of them right away…right now…There is a beautiful citation in Science and Health by Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy…”You must control evil thoughts in the first instance, or they will control you in the second.”
    We should never feel helpless to abandon a bad habit, because when we have the inclinations and good intentions to change for the better..all the power of God is present to support us and inspire us to reform. We only need to be firm and fast to drop the wrong and embrace the right.. God is good and always sides with the good… “The good we do and embody gives us the only power obtainable”

  2. good day. The quote is brief but forceful. It involves two things: WORK and NOW. Mrs. Eddy tells us that ‘the devotion of thought to an honest objective makes it possible to achieve it.’ So it involves focusing on what needs to be done knowing that God and Christian Science are at the command and also as I understand in Science there is yesterday Nor today, but an eternal present, an infinite day in which the action of the Good sipre is

  3. Controlling evil thoughts, addressing them once they surface, we must take action and know that you can dismiss them immediately. In God’s Kingdom, there is no room for thoughts to continue. We turn to acknowledge there is no room for our thinking.

  4. God’s idea, man, has, of course, no more bad habits than God has.

    I know, I know… human belief says we’re all humans with many bad habits that are difficult to get rid of. But the divine Truth as revealed in Christian Science is here to counteract these beliefs these falsities about us. It is so very important to start with the truth in our efforts to remove error. And realize that it IS Truth that does the removing, not us!


  5. It’s not the intellect
    With hollow words
    That pray
    It’s a simple heart
    Who’s innocence
    and faith that wins
    The day

    It’s not the words
    Memorized as
    They may,
    It’s knowing
    The Author
    That wins the

    Love gives more
    To heal our wounds
    Than all the words
    Could ever do

    The simple minds
    Left behind
    Know their loving
    Hearts to Christ
    Will bind

    Books and words
    Are here to stay
    But a loving heart
    Wins the day

  6. Good advice! It made me think of Scarlett Ohara’s “I’ll think about it another day”. Comment in Gone With The Wind. I’ll try to not put off for tomorrow what I can do today!

  7. Thanks Evan!

    Saw a great sign this weekend while driving by a local Pentacostal Church – “When you find yourself in a hole, stop digging”. Had to laugh out loud at this timely reminder that the “(w)hole” behavior is but a sign of “digging” a belief (very 1960’s!!), and that way back even further when Jesus taught us the true science of Mind – and that very Christ mind in each of us: it is about constantly praying (thinking about God) that enables us to choose the three R’s – repent (change focus), replace (change thought) and relax (change responsibility)”. Truth has been, and always will be in front of us forever, and understood in every age. (Source: the Bible (complete book that includes the Torah (Gr: Pentateuch))

  8. The purpose and motive to live aright can be gained now. This point won, you have started as you should. You have begun at the numeration-table of Christian Science, and nothing but wrong intention can hinder your advancement. Working and praying with true motives, your Father will open the way. “Who did hinder you, that ye should not obey the truth?”
    SH 326:16
    From Concord Express – A Christian Science Study Resource: The King James Version of the Bible and Mary Baker Eddy’s published writings

  9. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are, now.” Taking one small step leads to the next step, and the next, on the “upward way”, right action lifting thought to a clearer expression of who we really are as God’s reflection.”Actions speak louder than words”. I saw this demonstrated, when a gravelled side yard filled with quack grass grown up through landscaping cloth, was cleared in one afternoon, the gravel lifted, and cardboard put down under it to ensure the weeds did not surface again. Daily study and practice has a similar restorative effect, uprooting fear, and arresting the mortal mind habit of procrastination. Hymn 81 is helpful , too.

  10. It’s really quite simple
    Seeing the goodness
    and presence of God in all
    Allows the Great architect
    Of Mind to build a life
    of immeasurable joy
    and plentitude

    Our seeming participation
    becomes so simple
    We are to dismiss all
    appearances contrary
    to the Truth
    and simply recognize
    the Spirit of the
    Presence of God
    as the one and only
    Power and Intelligence
    and as our only
    desire and joy

  11. Great quote—and so true! Thanks, too, Patty for the three R’s—wonderful! I have a cute little story of my oldest boy. He was about 7 years old, and had been with a friend. He picked this friend’s habit of setting his jaw when he didn’t like something. The first time my son did it, I slapped him lightly across the face, something I never did before. He was shocked! I said that behavior didn’t belong in our home or anywhere. It didn’t come from God. I told him that every time he did it I would tap him, not slap him, to remind him. Soon he was coming to me and saying, “Mom, I just did it!” and he’d lift his little face up to me. The habit stopped very quickly! He was always (and still is) receptive to good.

  12. Just wanted to thank everyone for their posts and Evan for providing the forum. I found the ideas helpful. I particularly liked Ruth’s comments about taking the first step and then the next and the next—the cumulative effects of daily prayer. Nice. All thoughts appreciated.

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