I have a saying I use about once a week. I made it up (or, maybe, stole it.)
“The only fish on the plate are those who took the bait.”
Time and time again, we take the same “bait” and assume we will prevail. We don’t. Rather than flourishing, we sink. We are caught!
We trust untrustworthy people. We lack boundaries in interactions. We try to win arguments with intransigent people. We get depressed because we cannot change the past. We figure there is a way to success without work. We want Jesus on retainer (no commitments, please) but wonder why we don’t experience him in times of trouble. We remarry the “same” person we divorced. We are tired but “cannot” change a thing; everything is a priority.
Paul, in the Bible, claims that we become transformed people when we change our minds. Not just any old change of mind. When we finally stop trying to be god and submit to God.
How are you doing? Lucky so far? Ready for a change?
Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. Read the rest here…