Something we do all the time is to fall prey to how hard something is.
Turns out it's our thinking. Catch this: your biggest problem is not...
- a will-power problem
- a money shortage
- an unchangeable situation or circumstance
- a personality weakness
- a character flaw
- an IQ issue
- a physical limitation
- a mental health dilemma
Rather our problems are issues with the way we think. The Bible says that in life we can either be "conformed" to the world (it's limitations, excuses, short-falls, victimization) or be "transformed" by the "renewing of our mind". If we can grow our faith to believe what the Word says about us, then we can live in the fullness of it. Could it be that simple?
We spend an awful lot of energy on justifying weakness and negative behavior, making a bed of our excuses and wrapping ourselves us in all the reasons why things are the way they are. Then we feel bad about it and do it all over again! Our thinking gives life to our stagnancy, difficulties, inabilities.
What about applying that same amount of energy towards a full-scale renewal of the mind to what the Word says? What would your thinking be like if you were to rip up "every argument" against what Christ has done for you and who he's made you?
How free would you feel if you were to storm every stronghold of weakness, inability or excuse in your mind and bring it down?
Then what we're trying to change would be easy. Go ahead and give it a try.