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Daily Devotional – January 30


A wealthy man requested an old scholar to wean his son away from his bad habits.

The scholar took the youth for a stroll through a garden. Stopping suddenly he asked the boy to pull out a tiny plant growing there. The youth held the plant between his thumb and forefinger and pulled it out. The old man then asked him to pull out a slightly bigger plant. The youth pulled hard and the plant came out, roots and all.

“Now pull out that one,” said the old man pointing to a bush. The boy had to use all his strength to pull it out.

“Now take this one out,” said the old man, indicating a guava tree. The youth grasped the trunk and tried to pull it out. But it would not budge.

“I – It’s impossible,” said the boy, panting with the effort.

“So it is with bad habits,” said the sage. “When they are young it is easy to pull them out but when they take hold they can hardly be uprooted.” Author Unknown

Galatians 5:9 A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. (Read more)


January 30, 2007 - Posted by | Daily Devotional


  1. Very sobering thought, Jack. And thanks for the “more” link: good to put a verse in context.

    Comment by helenl | January 30, 2007 | Reply

  2. So true. The longer we have had to develop a habit, the harder it is to break it. Of course, if it’s a good habit then this is something that’s a positive plus.

    Comment by writeathome | January 30, 2007 | Reply

  3. No wonder I have problems.



    Comment by Larry | January 31, 2007 | Reply

  4. People could make a case study out of me!


    Comment by bereans | January 31, 2007 | Reply

  5. The sage was wrong. For bad things do not aid in growth, but restrict us. What God creates is good and what is good will grow.

    Comment by whig | February 6, 2007 | Reply

  6. Hi Whig!

    I think that the sage was indicating that bad habits will grow if we dont’ attend to them early. You’re right, though, that good habits will grow if we cultivate them early!

    Thanks for stopping by the Bereans!


    Comment by bereans | February 6, 2007 | Reply

  7. Good habits will grow whenever you cultivate them in their season.

    Comment by whig | February 6, 2007 | Reply

  8. Early is not always best, to be more explicit in my metaphor. It depends on the seed and the soil and the season.

    Comment by whig | February 6, 2007 | Reply

  9. That’s true also!


    Comment by bereans | February 6, 2007 | Reply

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