I always thought that changing your mind was a flaky thing to do, that someone who changes his or her mind can’t really be counted on.
But I’ve changed my mind on that one. … Please don’t consider me flaky now; let me explain.
The Bible tells us that God never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever; He’s not going to change His mind. He is all-knowing and all-powerful so He can remain unchanged.
For the rest of us, we have to change our minds. If we don’t, we never will progress; we will never get out of our ruts. We will never make any breakthroughs.
In order for you to do something different, it will mean you have to change your mind.
We can try to change things by focusing on developing new skills or processes. We can try to make ourselves follow a certain set of rules or regiments.
But unless we change our minds, we will not be successful in the long run.
People go on diets or they hit the gym, bound and determined that they will lose weight or get into shape by doing certain things and eating certain things (or not eating certain things).
But most of those people, who start out with these great intentions, go back to their old ways of eating and their old ways of living on their couches.
The reason? – they never changed their minds.
They changed their habits for a while, or their activities or their intake for a time. But only a change of mind will activate their actions into something that will stick with them for the long haul.
Everything starts in the mind, not with your actions. When you change your mind, you can then change your actions.
Forget the diet until you change your mind about how healthy you want to be and feel.
Don’t go to the gym until you change your mind about being fit.
And by the way, changing your mind is not that easy.
It’s not just a matter of telling yourself something new. You have to believe that the change of mind is a worthy change, that it is a wanted change, that you are fully convinced that you have to make this change.
Often a change of mind comes when you reach the point when you are so unsatisfied that you have to do something.
It’s that Popeye principle. You know, when Popeye would be beaten to a pulp by Brutus, when he had no hope, no escape and no strength.
Just before he popped a can of spinach out of his shirt pocket and squeezed it into his mouth (where he got the strength to do that is another story), Popeye would say, “I can’t stands it; I can’t stands it no more!”
That’s it, right there – that’s when we get to the place where we are ready to change our minds.
Before that point, we probably will just be trying a new activity, fad or process.
Here’s the thing: We like our minds just the way they are. Only when we are not satisfied, not wanting the same, are we ready to change our minds. That’s why, when it comes to our faith, there is usually something making us uncomfortable. Don’t ignore it until it goes away; grapple with it, wrestle with it. It may be God trying to get you to change your mind.
Question: What has got you unsettled, unsatisfied that you may be inclined to change your mind? Leave your comments below.