Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies, turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. – Psalm 34:12-14

A strange species of vine known as the matador grows in South America. Roughly translated, the Spanish word matador means ‘killer’ This plant has certainly earned its name.

The matador begins its life growing at the foot of a tree. At first, it looks like a harmless little plant. But as it grows, the matador relentlessly winds its way around the tree, makes its way to the top, and slowly strangles the tree. When the matador reaches the tree’s top, it bursts forth in flower, as though celebrating its kill and crowning himself victor.

Many habits in our lives are like the matador. They seem harmless at first and grow slowly. But left unchecked, they’re dangerous.

Is there a matador-like habit winding its way around your life right now?

Steve Arterburn

First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you. – Dr. Rob Gilbert