I recently finished reading Gretchen Rubin’s Better than Before, a book about habits and how to change them. The book got me thinking, “How can I make my faith habits more automatic, and less of a daily battle?” Essentially, it made me think about how the structure of your day and life can either support your good habits of faith, or can pull you away from what you want to accomplish.
One of the things that attracted me to the Orthodox faith in the first place was its repetitiveness. It felt authentic to me, because repetition is the way you teach children new songs, or how to ride their bike, or how to read. Repetition is a key tool for teaching and learning.
Repetition helps to build habits. It even helps your faith to become an automatic, integrated part of your life.
So the next time you’re in liturgy, singing the same hymns and the same melodies, remember that you’re teaching yourself a healthy habit of faith. Let your prayer, your reading Scripture, or whatever part of our faith soak into your being by making it a habit. Remember that even the smallest step is one step nearer to God.