You might think that you have a steadfast faith and nothing could destroy it. You might feel that you have everything you needed and wanted in the world and you’re quite contented with your life. But you should be aware that there are small innocent habits that can slowly destroy your faith. Check yourself from time to time so you could avoid these small and innocent habits that are harmful to your belief and faith in the long run.
I’m Busy so I Can’t Go to Church
Everyone has this problem nowadays. We are so busy in our work, in school, parties, gatherings and even with family gatherings that we no longer have room to go to church. Some of us would even say that God understands why you can’t go to church so it’s no big deal if you can’t go to church that week. As innocent as that may sound but this is actually damaging to your faith. This habit, if accumulated, could eventually destroy your faith.
Going to church is actually very important. You are immersing yourself in the Word of God, reinforcing your values and morals. The church also provides a venue for reflecting on what’s happening in your life. The preaching of the Pastor could guide your reflections on whether you have done well that week or you have some sins that needs confessing, re-discover your faith in the process. Going to church is actually like feeding your soul. Thus, no matter how busy we are, we should give time to go to church and praise the Lord.
We should never put God last.
Giving Importance to Physical Things
This is actually very common nowadays. People usually give importance to their acquired things such as gadgets, expensive bags and shoes and etc. They are so smitten by these material things that they no longer have time to spend with their family, loved ones and even praying to God. The Bible actually warns us about this. “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.” (1 John 2:15).
Expensive gadgets and things are not actually important. What’s important is the relationship that you had with your friends, family, relatives and the community. You may not be aware of this at first but with prayer and reflection, you can discern that it is not only damaging to your faith but also to the relationships you had. Building relationship with the Lord, with your family, relatives and family would not only foster good spiritual health but it would also help you discern what’s important in life.
You Worry Too Much and You Slowly Lose Hope
When you worry too much, it will slowly rob you of hope. No hope that God will takes care of your problems. Worrying is actually the first signs that you’re losing your faith. When you worry, you tend to think of the worst. When in fact, you just have to pray and reflect and you’ll be reminded that God always takes care of everyone, even the birds and the animals. So there should be no time for worry.
Just trust in the Lord and everything will be alright.
Constantly Comparing Yourself with Others and Not Being Contented With What You Have
Having access to social media nowadays makes it easy to see what other people were doing, where have they’ve gone for vacation, things they own and generally shows how fabulous their lives were. Seeing all these stuff could easily evoke envy and jealousy in our heart. As they say, envy is the root of all evil. With envy, you start to compare your life with their “fabulous” life. Slowly you desire the things that they have and jealousy would slowly creep in your heart. Envy and jealousy are one of the major reasons that can destroy not only your life but also your faith as well. In fact, James 3:16 says “For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every vile practice.” Don’t allow yourself to have these damaging feelings. Focus on yourself. Be humble and be spiritual. Don’t allow yourself to majorly focus on physical things. Be rich in spirit and you’ll be contented.
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. – Proverbs 14:30