“Watch your thoughts, for they become words. Watch your words, for they become actions. Watch your actions, for they become habits. Watch your habits, for they become character. Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.” -Frank Outlaw

We are given the privelege of making our own choices. This doesn’t mean we always choose what is best for us because, let’s face it, decisions are not always easy to make. Temptations get in the way and sometimes we like to take the easy, more comfortable way of doing things. An occasional slip up is not detrimental to our character. It is when we make the slip ups habits that they begin to have an effect on character.

Thankfully, we serve a God who forgives and loves at all times. A Father who gently redirects us each time we do get off track. His kindness and goodness is no excuse to keep on slipping up though. Because He gives us the privilege of making our own choices, we have the responsibility to do what we know is right no matter the cost. Otherwise, habitually doing the wrong thing will eventually cost us everything we’ve got!

Our habits should be healthy, wholesome, straight up good for you habits. Habits like walking in love as Jesus did with a servants heart, taking care of our mental state and our bodies, abiding in our Heavenly Father, and becoming the best you, you can be!

“And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9

Ashley Fordinal is the Children Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.

Got this picture mail of a freshman student’s spiritual whiteboard this week – made my day. Just wanted to share it (sorry the pic is so small)!


This year instead of featuring a growth/discipleship booth with a ton of different options, we’re going to feature just one resource and hope to push most all of our students that way. This fall we started (just this past weekend) promoting the One Minute Bible by Doug Fields. We gave a TON of them away and think it has the potential to be a game-changer in helping students grow on their own. We even had a student come on stage and try to beat a 1-minute timer by reading a day’s devotion out loud. He was always close … I guess 1-Minute Bible was a better title than “53-second Bible”. Anyhow, thought one of these ideas might trigger a discipleship idea that would work in your context, too!