Laying Down Rails, a Safeguard against Sin?
Genesis 4:7 ~ If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin lies at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should rule over it.
A portion of this verse has been often quoted in our home, as an encouragement to resist temptation to sin. But this week the verse as a whole spoke quietly to me,
“Here is a wonderful reason to pursue the establishment of good habits.”
Pondering this, I asked myself, “how does one do well?” Getting past the “Sunday School” answers, words like cheerfulness, punctuality, attentiveness, orderliness, kindness, diligence came to mind, reminding me once again of another common phrase, “laying down the rails,”. By continuing to pursue good habits, rails are laid down that keep one moving along the track of a life well lived.
Good habits make it easy to move forward each day, despite the circumstances. And the opposite, bad habits open the door to temptation, sin.
This is a fresh encouragement to press on with habit training in our home, but more especially, in my own life. Currently I am reading “Ordering Your Private World” by Gordon MacDonald and am finding continued admonition and encouragement to pursue laying down rails of good habits, best habits to do not just the next thing, but the best next thing.
The first habits to examine are those of the private inner life. I will be reading “Ordering Your Private World” as a part of my morning spiritual studies in the coming weeks. The book includes a study guide in which I have found good questions and thoughts to ponder.
Has a oft quoted Scripture ever taken you on a new turn in your Spiritual walk? What do you think about the idea of laying down rails of good habits as a safe guard against sin?
Thanks to Handlebar Publishing for this free copy of Ordering Your Private World. It is a timely addition to my reading stack.