Thanks to the Super Bowl commercial about leaving the water faucet on…my husband has a new method in trying to get me to turn the water off while I’m brushing my teeth. He gently reminds me that people in the world are in need of the water I’m wasting.
I realize this is an issue for me and I’m working on it. However, guilt is not always a good method in trying to get others to change. Sure it works sometimes, but does it result in a true change of heart. A true change of heart is much more effectively in long term change. A change of heart involves a difference in perspective, will, emotions, and thoughts about an issue, person, or object.
What have you been trying to change? Eating habits, lifestyle, negative or harmful thoughts.
Consider praying about a change of heart considering the matter. Use the following questions as you search your heart:
-Does this view or practice effect me negatively?
-Does this view or practice positively impact others?
-Is this view or practice harmful to my physical body?
-Is it harmful to me spiritually?
-Is is harmful to my mind, will, and emotions?
-Is it harmful to my community?
-Does God honor this thing or view?
-Is this thing or object an idol in my life? Does it matter above all else?
-How much time do I spend on this thing?
-Am I scared to talk to others about this thing?
If you honestly consider the struggles you have by using these questions, you may be able to open enough to allow God to change your heart.
Have a great week!
PS If you’d like to help give water to someone in need around the world, visit http://www.compassion.com for more information!