For Lord’s Day, March 8, 2015
Physical trainer Steve Conley says:
“I live by this quote: ‘If you want something you never had, you’ve got to do something you’ve never done.'”
This is such a great “proverb” to think through while analyzing our daily walk. It’s just so true and practical.
What do you want to be different in your walk with the Lord? What do you want, for the first time, to have in your personal life? In your family life? In your church life? More joy? More courage? More peace? More confidence? More holiness? More fellowship? More faithfulness? More faith? More self-control? Better health?
So how will you achieve what you want but do not have? Yes, with the Lord’s gracious support. But how else? With your cooperation according to His Word. And more specifically, still? By doing something you’ve never done. Most likely, if you’re still waiting to have something new, it’s because you’ve yet to do something new.
Here’s another familiar way of saying it, on the flip side:
What is the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing again and again while expecting a different result.
If we’re frank with ourselves, what we do habitually without a new result is a result of our reacting rather than taking initiative. We default to the same old responsive behavior patterns that render the same old life products. We need to take charge and lead ourselves proactively so we force new patterns against the flow of old spiritual currents. Then and only then will we catch the drift and benefit of what Mr. Conley is sharing with us.
Brethren, If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. (Ephesians 4:21-24).