†††††††††††† First Presbyterian Church

†††††† 601 South Texas†††† P.O. Box 24

Mercedes, TX† 78570

† fpcmercedes.org†††††††††††††† fpcmercedes@att.net

Pastor:† Esther Hughes, CLP



The amount of time it takes for something to become a habit will vary depending on who you talk to.  It was believed that it was twenty one days, but new researchers have suggested that it takes an average of 66 days to create a habit.   At our core, habits are routine, automatic and sequential movements of our bodies.  Think of brushing our teeth, our nervous ticks, going to bed with the same routine.  Our brains like to take a sequence of actions and convert them into an automatic routine, where it then goes into the unconscious portion of the brain. How easy or hard it is to form a habit really depends on the achievability of the habit, and our personality.  What if we worked on having an attitude of gratitude, not just for the month of November, but permanently?  66 days?  If we start on the first of November, by the end of the year, being grateful would be a habit.  I have written about this before, and yet it has come and gone in fits and starts.  66 days!  Practicing gratitude is one of the best practices to open our hearts and help us to shift out of any negative thought processes, which is about disappointment frustration, and a belief in lack.It is a way of turning our attention to a different channel, in our case our heavenly channel of the God who is the great creator, who knows our needs and meets them, who is a God of love, and mercy and grace.  It helps us focus on our abundance, our bounty, on all the love that God has given us and continues to give us.   In a world that seems crazy, where things change much too quickly where there is rampant fear, and anger, that is taken out on innocent victims we need a better way.  We as people of faith are to be the light of world, to show others that there is a better way. We do this by acknowledging Godís faithfulness in want and in plenty, and thanking God each and every day for what we have, whom we have, and the hope and knowledge that God is our ruler yet.  So let us start by making a habit of writing down three things each day which we are truly grateful for.  Let us practice gratitude so that it becomes a habit.  I am grateful for the lives of saints that have passed this year, and how they have impacted us. I am grateful for all who have stepped up with prayers, with presence, with learning new things, with laughing.  I am grateful for healings, for hands that have prepared foods, for new computers and Godís grace.  I am grateful for each and every one of you.  Let us together become the grateful body of Christ.  Enjoy your friends and family, god food and fellowship and may God continue to bless each of you.   With a grateful heart in Christ,   Esther