The man’s prayer
I’m a man. I can change.
If I have to.
–The Red Green Show
How often do we pray this prayer? Maybe not in those words but in that spirit? And this really doesn’t have to apply only to men. Women are as guilty as men. We want things to be different but are we really willing to take the steps to make that difference? Are we really willing to change something, anything, about us to give us the desired results? Whether it’s diet, exercise, negativity, smoking, drinking, drug use or abuse, or studying the Word of God and prayer, we can find more reasons not to than to do the things we want to accomplish.
The Apostle Paul said, “ I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” (Romans 7:15) If it was that difficult for one of these Apostles which we venerate as “Supermen of the Faith” then why would it be any easier for us? Oh sure, Paul just sat around in his jail and wrote letters, how hard could that be to make a change in his life? Paul was also headstrong, somewhat arrogant at times and did not like it when someone disagreed with him. He had as many things to change as the next guy.
So where do these changes take place? The place most of us will start is in the mind. We have to make a conscious decision to take the necessary steps to achieve our goals. These decisions are made in the mind, will and emotions. These changes are also in our vision. How do you see yourself? Can we see ourselves doing, or not doing, whatever it is that is holding onto us? You have to change your mind to change your vision.
Romans 12:2 says, ”And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
Well, that’s all fine and good, but how do you renew your mind? Do you take it to a repair shop and get it refurbished? In a sense, yes. You can go on through life with the same mindset or you can CHANGE your mind. Just how do you do that? My mind is made up.
Colossians 3:2 says, “ Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
Romans 8:5 says, “For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”
The more you read the Word, the more you understand. The more you understand will get you that much closer to God, and the closer you get to God, the less you want to do those things you don’t want to do. It wont make you lose weight, but it will take away a lot of baggage you’ve been carrying around. And, with enough practice at training your mind on the things of God, it will give you the courage to change, little by little, day by day, into the you that God has created you to be.
© Simply Consider This, 2013.