Change is difficult – especially when we put the ‘cart before the horse.’

Ever seen someone start an exercise program, but then stop after a short time? Or maybe decide to learn a new skill, but then give up after it gets too hard? I think we’ve all been there. The challenge is that many of us choose to make a change in our lives without really understanding the steps to actually get there. We begin with ‘behavior modifications’… like Nike’s ‘Just Do It’, but we soon find we hit that ‘brick wall’.

Romans 12:2 says ‘… be a new and different person with a fresh newness in all you do and think.’ Yes, personal transformation in any area does take action, but just as important is our thinking. The ‘doing’ without the change in our ‘thinking’ is a sure way to fail. It’s impossible to live God’s best when our minds look like a rat’s nest.

For example, beginning to eat healthy and exercise but still thinking that it’s too hard, or I have too much weight to lose or I’m not worth it, etc. is not going to get us to our goals. Let’s begin to think positive and be motivated by the change in our thinking versus just starting to ‘do something’, then hoping that our thoughts will fall into place. Let the ‘horse’ (our minds) pull the ‘cart’ (our actions). We will get much farther down the ‘road’ that way.

Jesus said in John 10:10 that He came to give us life and life to the fullest. Living a ‘fruitful life’ – the full life that God intended takes being diligent in gaining control over our mind and thoughts. That’s how genuine, lasting and healthy personal transformation happens.


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