In Caroline Austen’s book My Aunt Jane: A Memoir, she describes Jane’s morning habits: “Aunt Jane began her day with music . . . before breakfast—when she could have the room to herself—She practised regularly every morning—She played very pretty tunes, I thought . . . but the music (for I knew the books well in after years) would now be thought disgracefully easy.”
Habits form the structure of our lives and days—what we do, how we spend our time, what we eat, where we go, and even when we go to bed and when we rise. Jane’s habit of practicing the piano each morning is intriguing. From Caroline’s account, Jane did not play new or difficult songs. She practiced, it seems, because she liked to start the day “with music.” Furthermore, she most likely enjoyed it as a time of reflection and contemplation.
Pardon Oh God! whatever thou hast seen amiss in us, & give us a stronger desire of resisting every evil inclination & weakening every habit of sin.
What habits or activities bring you closer to God?