5 Things We All Need to Quit Right Now -
1. Trying to please everyone
2. Fearing change
3. Living the past
4. Putting yourself down
Now, this isn't bad advice at all, but for most of those who read the list, we will willingly type "yes" or hit the "share" button, but really stopping those things once and for all in our lives is another matter! To break this down a little, I would like to give us a scriptural perspective on each one of these -
1. Trying to please everyone: Do you think I care about the approval of men or about the approval of God? Do you think I am on a mission to please people? If I am still spinning my wheels trying to please men, then there is no way I can be a servant of the Anointed One, the Liberating King. (Galatians 1:10 VOICE)
2 & 3. Fearing change - Living the past: Do not allow this world to mold you in its own image. Instead, be transformed from the inside out by renewing your mind. As a result, you will be able to discern what God wills and whatever God finds good, pleasing, and complete. (Romans 12:2 VOICE) Change is just going to happen - fearing it will paralyze us and keep us fixed in the past. We are "molded" by what we fix our attention or focus upon - be it something in front of us, or that which nips at our heals demanding our constant refocus on the past. Change which is not "dreadful", but may be a little uncomfortable, is that which comes from the inside out. Scripture doesn't promise change will be easy or even that it will always come out the way we want it - but it does promise that when we embrace the change God brings, we begin to discern God's will and the things he sees as good, pleasing, and which actually work toward something we all long for - to be "complete" in life.
4. Putting yourself down: Because of the grace allotted to me, I can respectfully tell you not to think of yourselves as being more important than you are; devote your minds to sound judgment since God has assigned to each of us a measure of faith. (Romans 12:3 VOICE) While scripture does tell us not to think of ourselves as being more important than we are, it might just do us well to realize just who it is we are. As a child of God, adopted into his family, given his seal of adoption through his Spirit, we are his forever. That makes us pretty special, but it doesn't mean we become puffed up and arrogant about it, either. On the other hand, what allows this adoption isn't any action on our part - but rather that of grace being "allotted" to each of us. Each of us is uniquely created by the hand of God, in the image of God. I wouldn't put God down, so to put what he has created down is just to say to him that his creative ability is kind of flawed!