With many a kidlet experience under my belt, I know how hard it is to leave a child at school or with a new sitter for the first time. Funnily enough the things that apply to that situation are pretty much the same ones that apply to leaving a bad habit behind. (Now whatever you do–do not send letters complaining that I am calling your child a bad habit! Nothing is farther from the truth!)
In both situations, our good intentions sometimes go awry. All of a sudden the child (or the habit) refuses to be dropped. They cry and whine and beg for inclusion in your life. However you know the child needs to go to school for their own good and a bad habit is the same. It needs to know who is in charge.
Both child and habit need to see that you are calm and that you mean what you say. Your child will be OK. You’ll pick him up after school, right on time. Here is where the two differ: no bad habit needs to make it into our life ever again.
Slack habits and sloppy work are as bad as vandalism. GOD’s name is a place of protection–good people can run there and be safe. (Proverbs 18:9-10, MSG)
Prayer – Lord when we are weak in resolve, remind us to call on you for help. Amen