Most mornings when I sit down in front of the keyboard and screen a cup of coffee sits next to me. I didn’t drink coffee much until I went to college and studied Hebrew. Late nights and early mornings my study partner, Mark Brauer, and I would sit at the cafeteria table and we’d drink coffee study and break up the intensity by doing Groucho Marks routines. It became a habit – drinking coffee, that is. There have been some amazing mornings over the years with a cup of coffee in hand – like sitting quietly with my sister-in-law taking in the beauty of Rocky Mountain vistas while the rest of our family still slept. I’ve met with friends and talked about hopes and dreams and beliefs. I’ve stayed up late with a bad cup of coffee in a styrofoam cup comforting others who are struggling with a life crisis. Some habits are good things – they become part of the story and the fabric of our life. We need more good habits that enrich us. In Luke 4 there is a story told about Jesus that says, “He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his (habit) custom.” We sometimes view habits in a negative way. We think of bad habits. Cultivating good habits is very important. Relaxing and talking with a friend, going to the gym, regularly taking time for prayer and meditation, taking a long walk, or getting up early to write a blog – all good habits. Consider your habits today. Think about the good ones and how to keep focused on those. We tend to fret about our bad habits so instead concentrate on the good ones. Horace Mann, the great educator, once said, “Habit is a cable; we weave a thread of it each day, and at last we cannot break it.” If this is true take the good habits and weave them through your day and weekend – make them stronger.