Making All Things New by David Powlison, Free for CAPC Members
In Making All Things New, David Powlison is realistic about the fact that sexual brokenness is often wider and deeper than we initially surmise.
A recent Vanity Fair interview with President Obama highlighted how his daily habits produce a routine for the ordinary aspects of his life, freeing him to focus on the important decisions he faces. Maria Popova connects the President’s strategy to psychologist and philosopher William James, in an article posted at The Atlantic:
In fact, the same tenets Obama applies to the architecture of his daily life are those . . . William James wrote about in 1887, when he penned Habit (public library; public domain) — a short treatise on how our behavioral patterns shape who we are and what we often refer to as character and personality.
Popova reviews excerpts from James’s publication, including these three tips for solidifying new habits:
Discipline like this sounds a bit unreasonable in our day. Habits feel restrictive. Passionate determination for developing character isn’t nearly as important or common as developing some aspect of physical beauty. We shy away from lofty goals like these, feeling the pinch to our freedom in the short term while disdaining the benefit that’s to come over the long haul.
The trouble is that we see discipline as the enemy. On the contrary, when used properly with pure motives, habits are the means by which God develops Christ-likeness in us. And that’s where freedom can be found.
For as low as $5/month, you’ll get access to free offerings from creators and authors we love, exclusive access to our member’s only forum, and exclusive content and podcasts — and you’ll help ensure that CAPC keeps getting better and better.