Best of Servants; Worst of Masters

It has been said, “Habit is either the best of servants, or the worst of masters.”

There was an old gentleman who had a long beard.old-man-beard

One day, a friend asked him whether he slept with the beard on the inside or on the outside of the covers. He tried to think, and was finally forced to say he did not know. That night, when he retired, he at first put the whiskers under the covers, but that did not feel comfortable. Whereupon he placed them on the outside of the covers – and that looked silly. He finally became a nervous wreck trying to decide where he did put them!

In 2 Timothy 3:10, Paul spoke to Timothy of his “manner of life.”

“Manner” means “a leading.” More generally, it speaks of “the life led,” or “the course of life.”

He was encouraging Timothy to follow his example, because he had formed good, godly habits for living his life.

Arnold Glasgow said, “Habits are either bobs and sinkers, corks or lead. They hold you up, or hold you down.”

A tourist in Italy walked through the magnificent ruins of Pompeii.

On the main street was a drinking fountain that had stood in the middle of the thoroughfare for centuries.

His guide pointed out where the water had gushed forth, and, amazingly, the spot on the marble where people placed the four fingers of their hand to lean over for a drinketched in the marble were deep indentations was marked forever. There, etched in the marble were deep indentations of a human palm and four fingers.

He found this to be incredible, that a hand leaning on a piece of marble could leave such a mark. However, when done for hundreds of years, the hand might as well have been a chisel.

“Good habits are just as hard to break as bad ones” (Colleen Mariah Rae).

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