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Demo Day

Tearing things down is easy, unless we're talking about our hearts, minds, or souls. In the physical world, it's easier to tear something down rather than build it up. It's easier because no skill is required and gravity works with you. A hammer, some brute force, and you’re done! Given enough time most of us could completely tear down a house, but few would have the skill to rebuild.

"Demo Day" might be our favorite when it comes to working around the house, but it's something we avoid in our personal lives. A bad habit is easy to fall into, but hard to break. The idea of giving up for good something like smoking, overeating, drinking, or pornography seems like an impossible task. It's easier to leave the ugliness in than tear it out once and for all.

We might not be able to tear it out completely, but most people find they can take a break from their vices. Maybe this is why for centuries the church has encouraged people to make a sacrifice for lent. Give it up for a little while, just a few weeks. Try taking a break from your dependencies and sin. I know several people who gave up something for lent whether alcohol or social media and decided not to take it back. A bad habit was broken for life, because it was broken for a few weeks.

But, perhaps even that seems like too much for you. If so, try today. Take a break for today only, and see where that gets you. One day might not seem like much, but it’s a start.

You might find that a little break is all you need.

Think of it in terms of a dam. If there’s a little crack, people worry. An engineer is not going to say, “It’s just a little crack with a little water coming out.” No, one little crack is how a big crack forms. A little water gives way to a lot of water. One small break can bring down an entire dam! So too can a little break from your bad habit grow into the breakdown of the wall that is holding you back.

Now even a break for a day can be a real challenge, but thankfully you don’t have to do this alone. Jesus came to help. Hebrews 2:18 (NRSV) tells us that "Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted." Jesus faced temptation like you and I. He overcame it. He wants to help us tear down all that is keeping us from a full life with him. So, surrender today to Jesus, take a break from your hurtful habits, and see what happens.

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