I have this bizarre habit that resulted in incessant mocking from my suitemates. Actually, I have many bizarre habits and sometimes even breathing results in mockery.
However, this one happened every time I entered the apartment. It didn't matter if I came from class, the caf, or the coffee shop.
The first thing I would do was put my keys on the hook. We each had hooks by the door with our names on them, hypothetically, so we'd never lose our keys.
Then I'd go in my room, put down my heavy backpack, take off my shoes (and coat), and hit the power button on my computer.
It's what happened next that got me mocked relentlessly.
If someone had started a conversation with me in those first twenty seconds home, I put it on pause until this next step was complete.
I would go into the bathroom and wash my hands.
I knew I did it regularly, but I didn't realize I did it every time I came home until they pointed it out.
The habit is rooted deeply back to elementary school. My sisters and I would get off the bus and almost immediately were ushered into the bathroom to wash off our school germs.
I have no doubt that this healthy though bizarre habit was why chicken pox started going around my kindergarten class in October but I didn't get it until May. I'm sure it helped my six year no-puking record, too.
Just from being taught to wash off my school germs as soon as I got home. And it has become a subconscious habit.
I've got some of the habits Mom and Dad taught us growing up, but I've also got to build my own habits.
I need to be intentional about spending time in God's word. I need to be conscious of my prayer life. I really wish I could say they were habits, but they aren't. They're hard.
The alarm clock says, "Get up! Go! Go! Go!" The lunch break is short; the boss demanding. The course load difficult; the homework plenty. The after school activities are many; the free time is rare. The days is long, the body exhausted.
I've confessed to you all before that some days I grudgingly read my Bible. Yet still God works through it.
Soap doesn't only wash off my school germs when I tell it to. It kills 99.9% of them every time I wash (or so the commercial says).
God doesn't just speak to my heart when I want Him to, when I'm willing to hear what He has to say, or when I have the right attitude. Of course, those things are beneficial, but they're not necessary. Sometimes God still speaks when I'm crabby, tired, distracted, or just don't want to be there.
And that makes it worth building the habit.