#8: Changing Nothing, But Expecting Everything to Change
Christians are great at blaming others (including God) for their shortcomings, and a bit famous for being lazy when it comes to personal change. We sometimes change nothing but expect everything to change.
Many of us get stuck in life on harmful habits, patterns behaviours. (I think the Bible calls that sin.) But rather than acknowledging that we might need to face reality, deal honestly with our role in the problem, and come before God willing to change, we change nothing but expect the results to be different. When things don’t change, we blame God for the misery in our lives. It amazes me how at times I can change nothing but still expect everything to change.
The antidote is to face reality. Reality is our friend. If I’m stuck, what role did I play in getting me here? (God is not some cruel puppeteer pulling our strings to make our lives miserable.) Confess it (Trap #9), and then begin to study the scriptures to get a fresh perspective on how to live and rely deeply on God each day for the power and strength to correct the problem.
When you change your attitudes and behaviours (God giving you the power and strength), that’s when things finally begin to change.
What’s your experience with this?