Our Community Group has recently been studying Love Does by Bob Goff together as our first study and I must recommend it for anyone looking for a fun, humorous start to group Bible study. Midway through the study, Bob discusses quitting something that wastes his time or prevents him from doing something productive each week, and that concept seemed so awesome to me. After that lesson, Jordan and I came up with our own “Quit Lists” of things we knew we could quit each week to make more time in our lives for Bible study, volunteering, family, friends, and even just being still for a few moments (which is the hardest thing in the world for me to do!).
I try to share everything that I find helpful, encouraging, or productive with you so you can benefit, too, so here’s how to make your own quit list:
Pray about what you can be used for in this exercise. Pray bold prayers and ask for the fortitude to let go of what you need to in order to make room for something incredible in your life.
2. START A LIST
Keep a quit list on your phone of things you don’t like doing or would like to stop doing. Write them down as they happen and rank them in terms of annoyance / priority, and don’t be afraid to write silly things alongside serious things (i.e. stop playing with Snapchat filters at stop lights or stop texting and driving).
3. KEEP YOURSELF ACCOUNTABLE
I share my quit list with Jordan so he can call me out when I start picking up a bad habit again. This is a tough decision to make and you want to be intentional about who you assert as your accountability partner here because he or she will be tasked with keeping you in line, so find someone you love, trust, and will be able to listen to when things get tricky.
4. AIM TO QUIT 1 THING EACH WEEK
I have a quit list a mile long, and that’s overwhelming. I’m equally overwhelmed by the fact that I’d like to quit all those things at once, too. In order to make this exercise easier to swallow, at least at first, take time to quit something each week. Pick one thing from your list, be intentional about it, and toss it out of your life. Here’s the hard part: you have to stick to it. So next week when you’re picking another item to quit, you have to stick to your guns with your first quit item, too, so you can keep clearing out the junk in your life to make room for the good.
5. ENJOY YOUR DAY
This sounds so cheesy, but it’s really freeing to drop your bad habits and leave space open for God to work in your life. Do it. Do it for yourself so you will enjoy every task more. Do it for the fact that you’ll be able to gain clarity and focus in your life. Do it for the awesome possibilities and people you’ll be introduced to.
I hope you’ll join me in making your own quit list!