Friday, January 27, 2006

Want To Get Fed?

"If there is joy, there is learning." Guila Muir

"Character may almost be called the most effective means of persuasion." Aristotle

"Thaw with her gentle persuasion is more powerful than Thor with his hammer. The one melts. The other breaks into pieces." Henry David Thoreau

If we want to see dramatic changes in our life we have to start in the right places. Too often we focus only on changing our behavior, and then, while we hope for a better outcome, we often only get frustrated when we repeat the same thing over and over again.

For lasting change to occur we must anchor the change in a renewed way of thinking. This new way of thinking leads the way to creating a new window of belief. The new window of belief leads us to educate ourselves into a new way of feeling that ultimately enables and empowers us to behave differently than before.

The information we receive isn't magical in changing us; rather it's the information coupled with the relational way of Jesus that moves us forward.

When we only focus on changing behavior instead of the underlying beliefs that cause behavior we fall into the legalism trap. Legalism says that "I shouldn't do this" or that "I should do that."

When we fail to change and fall, we get frustrated into thinking that following Jesus is only about "rules and regulations anyway."

When we allow our character the room to grow we will change our behavior because we want to, not because we have to!

By continually looking to the way of Jesus Christ, we allow Him to imprint His way upon us. Let Jesus quench the thirst of your soul today, as only He can.

Philippians 3:17
Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example.

Matthew 11:29-30
Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give you is light."


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