• tiny changes



By Barry Cameron
May 01, 2020

I’ve been reading a fascinating book during this crisis called, ATOMIC HABITS by James Clear. My guess is you’ve probably gotten into some bad habits over the past eight weeks like I have. Yes, that’s one of the reasons I’m really enjoying this book. His basic thesis is that by making tiny changes you and I can achieve remarkable results. He shows how to break bad habits and how to build good ones.

Here’s one of the excellent examples from his book: “Ronan Byrne, an electrical engineering student in Dublin, Ireland, enjoyed watching Netflix, but he also knew that he should exercise more often than he did. Putting his engineering skills to use, Byrne hacked his stationary bike and connected it to his laptop and television. Then he wrote a computer program that would allow Netflix to run only if he was cycling at a certain speed. If he slowed down for too long, whatever show he was watching would pause until he started pedaling again. He was, in the words of one fan, ‘eliminating obesity one Netflix binge at a time.’”1

As we begin to emerge from sheltering in place, it’s a good time for all of us to break some bad habits and build some good ones. Wouldn’t you agree? I wasn’t thinking about rigging up my treadmill, but I was thinking of a few things we might want to consider:

How about …

• Less news, more time in the Word.

• Less food, more exercise.

• Less focus on things that are negative, more focus on things that positive.

• Less complaining about things we don’t have, more thanking God for every blessing we do have.

Just for starters.

We are already beginning to see tiny changes for the good both here in Texas and in America. And we are praying the advances we are hearing from the medical community will bring about remarkable results.

Our role in all this is to keep trusting God, keep praying and keep walking and living by faith every day.

Corrie Ten Boom, along with her sister, Betsie, and their family, helped many Jews escape from the Nazis during the Holocaust in World War II. They wound up being betrayed and ended up in a concentration camp themselves. Nothing we’ve gone through in this crisis could come close to what they experienced. (If you haven’t read her book, THE HIDING PLACE or seen the movie by the same name, you really should.)

Our role in all this is to keep trusting God, keep praying and keep walking and living by faith every day.

Corrie has been a phenomenal encouragement to millions of people all over the world for many years, for her life of courage and words of encouragement. Here are two of her best. I hope they will encourage you today:

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.”

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”

That’s great advice for all of us.

Here’s some more and it comes from the Word of God. It was penned by the Apostle Paul. If you didn’t know better, you’d think it was written last night about what we are going through right now. While it wasn’t written last night, it does deal with what we’re going through today and what we’ll face tomorrow ...

“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:17-18).

God’s got this and God’s got us!

© 2020. Barry L. Cameron

1 James Clear. Atomic Habits: an Easy &Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones. 2018. Pages 108-109.


Senior Pastor

Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.