Daily we arise, and think--"What shall I wear today?"
Perhaps more important questions--are what 'habit' shall I put on, what spiritual garment shall I cover myself with?
It is our daily habits that will determine what our day will be like and what our life becomes. Ask yourself, "What habits will make you smile? What will bring contentment and peace as you walk through the day?"
To know the answers, start today to be aware of the feelings that come with all that you do as you routinely go about your daily life. Notice how you are emotionally responding to your chores, or the jobs you are required to do. Number one, along with that daily 'habits' you wear emotionally---put on the garment of praise spiritually. This will change your attitude from ho hum, grrrr, whining, feeling bored, or feeling sorry for yourself.
Take time to draw away to pray each morning, and write your response to you daily life and the habits you generally automatically do. What makes you feel good about yourself and what brings guilt or discouragement as you do through the day? What brings a smile to your face or the face of another as you do things for them and help them like you habitually do. Make your routine acts of caring for someone even more special by doing something special---like love notes in a lunch or on the mirror with a positive message that gives hope or praise.
As for myself, I must list what habits "build the temple of the Lord" in my life. Psalm 132 speaks of the great importance of this habit. Verses from the New International Version show us the connection between worship and praise, prayer and thanksgiving---and how all will bring the Presence of God dwelling in our home and in our hearts.
"1 Lord, remember David and all his self-denial.
2 He swore an oath to the Lord, he made a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3 “I will not enter my house or go to my bed,
4 I will allow no sleep to my eyes or slumber to my eyelids,
5 till I find a place for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
7 “Let us go to His dwelling place, let us worship at His footstool, saying, (regular attendance at Mass and recieving the Eucharist very important habits)
8 ‘Arise, Lord, and come to your resting place, you and the ark of your might.
9 May your priests be clothed with your righteousness; may your faithful people sing for joy.’”
14 “This is My resting place for ever and ever; here I will sit enthroned, for I have desired it.
15 I will bless her with abundant provisions; her poor I will satisfy with food.
16 I will clothe her priests with salvation, and her faithful people will ever sing for joy."
Each has to make their own choice of what garments or habits they wear, or what their face speaks about their spirit---remember Mary's words. "My soul does magnify the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior."
Is it time to check out those daily habits and see what actions are magnifying the Lord, bringing God into the lives of others? What habits can you find in Ephesians 5 that are desired and those that we should DELETE from our daily walk.
"1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.
3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a person is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.[a] 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 18 Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Be careful indeed beloved of God and "Rise and shine and choose carefully what habits, or garments you wear this day."