Cross Habits

  • Nov. 7, 2018
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Whenever I sing the hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross, ” it always makes me want to pray, “Oh Father, keep me clinging to Jesus’ cross.”

Hi, I’m Joni Eareckson Tada. Whenever I sing the hymn, “The Old Rugged Cross, ” it always makes me want to pray, “Oh Father, keep me clinging to Jesus’ cross.” But what does that look like?  What does it mean? For me, every morning it means having my girlfriend exercise my legs, do my bath and toileting routines, dressing, getting ready for the day, sitting up in the wheelchair… every morning, it’s like we go through this habit; the same routine. But you know what? We build habits around the things that matter to us.  And in the same way, every day, I build habits around the cross; because the cross is about one simple thing: every morning, you’ve got to die to self and rise to Jesus.  You’ve got to put away selfish motives and do what Jesus would have you do. It means clinging to the old rugged cross, and there is no self at the cross, only Jesus.  So, today, start your cross-centered habits; die to self and rise victoriously to Jesus.

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