“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture
that you fit into it without even thinking.
Instead, fix your attention on God.
You’ll be changed from the inside out.
Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.
Unlike the culture around you,
always dragging you down to its level of immaturity,
God brings the best out of you,
develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:2
Do any of these excuses sound familiar?
- That’s the way we’ve always done it.
- That’s how I was taught.
- This is just the way I am.
- I’m too old to change.
- I’m not wired that way.
- I can’t. I can’t. I can’t!
Excuses lock you up and shut down growth. The worst kind of prison is to be locked up inside of yourself. Mental obstructions can be as powerful as physical obstructions. No circumstance will magically break open these bars. Until you take responsibility for your own thoughts and behaviors, you’ll never get free.
Taking it a little further, in a cult certain people control other people’s emotions and convince them they must think alike. To break free from a cult is even more difficult because usually the leaders of these groups manipulate using shame, causing their followers to embrace a helpless, victim mentality that enslaves them.
Christ invites us to fix our attention on God. This is how change happens. We learn what God wants us to do. We respond. We listen and respond repeatedly. One response builds on another, then another as we develop and mature. And then change occurs from the inside out. We’re no longer bound from within and we’re free to enjoy a full life.