Wendy sent me this picture of William today, she’s trying to break him of his beloved “Elly”. Elly, if you cannot tell, is a hybrid – part elephant/part blanket. He has been with Will since the beginning and is his thumb-sucking buddy. Like an old married couple, they can’t remember what it’s like to spend the night apart. Will systematically inserts his thumb into his mouth, while his other little fingers grasp Elly’s worn and tattered blue tusk.
Unfortunately, Elly is wrecking havoc on Will’s teeth. Assuming that Will would like to continue to house his front teeth on the inside of his mouth, Elly has simply got to go.
My heart breaks for Will because I know how difficult it is to change habits, we all do. Whether it’s giving up something that we shouldn’t be doing, like smoking cigarettes or eating sweets, or doing something that we should be doing, like exercising; change aint easy. Mama never said it would be.
I’m inspired by Will to work on some of my bad habits. If Will can quit Elly without even realizing why Elly isn’t good for him, surely I can change a habit that I know isn’t good for me. Where to begin, though? My life seems like one big bad habit. I don’t eat healthy enough, I don’t spend money wisely, I don’t exercise, I don’t spend enough time in the Bible, I don’t spend enough time reading to the kids, …I could go on!
Is that how bad habits start? When you’re two you only have one bad habit, by the time your thirty-two, your whole life is one bad habit after the next?