The Virtuous Circle and the Vicious Cycle

By Thursday, November 3, 2011 2 0

Something I have learned about babyhood: sleep promotes sleep. The more and better Susanna sleeps during the day, the longer and better she will sleep in the next nap and at night.

The spiritual life is exactly the same: the more time with God we spend, the more time we spend with God.

  • The more thankful we are, the more thankful we will be, even when times get tougher (“And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20)
  • The more we give of ourselves, the more we have of ourselves to give. This seems impossible, but it’s how God works! (See Acts 2:43-47)
  • The more time we spend with other believers, the more encouraged and able to encourage we will be (“And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” Hebrews 10:25)

So, if you’re feeling far from God, draw near to Him. If you’re feeling lonely, spend time with His people. If you’re feeling selfish, serve others. If you’re feeling poor, give generously.

And make a habit of each of these behaviors so you enjoy the virtuous circle, rather than the vicious cycle.

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  • Jenny

    This may be my favorite post of yours… ever. So true and very well put. The more you sleep, the more you sleep (I know this to a fault, but it’s great for babies!); the more you eat healthy, the more you eat healthy; the more you work, the more you work; the more you exercise, the more you exercise. Unfortunately you’re right in that this holds true for bad habits as well… it’s so strange how we work but this is so important to keep in mind!

    • Aw, thanks, Jenny! I kind of wanted to flesh it out more but I thought I got my point across. 🙂