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DEVOTIONS FOR MEN
“The greatest ally of mediocrity is habitual thinking” (Patrick Morely). As we go through life we develop a long list of habits. Some are good, and some are not so good. Most habits bless us, but some habits keep us from reaching our full potential. There’s the cliché about the man who, though he worked for his company thirty years, had only one year of experience thirty times.
We have been dramatically shaped by the cultural and historical forces at work in our generation. Some habitual thinking is just funny, some of it is destructive, and some of it is just plain dumb. Some habitual thinking leads to poor decision making. It would be good to ferret out the habitual thinking that has slowed us down, stunted our growth, or kept us in mediocrity.
Think it over. Should we make some adjustments? Discovering our habitual thinking will take some focused effort. Changing these well-worn, comfortable habits is easier said than done. Change requires a plan and action. Look at this list of bad habits of thoughts and actions. Determine which habits you need to eliminate from your life. Write one or two ways you could change that habitual way of thinking or acting. Then act on making it happen.
worry, touchy feelings, white lies, lying, petty thievery, cheating, critical spirit, complaining, whining, wrong motives, judgmental, selfish ambition, negative attitude, impure thoughts, grumbling
Learning should be an ongoing process throughout our whole life. There will be many lessons in life we will learn through “Ahah!” moments of insight. Due to our sinful nature, though, some lessons take longer to learn though similar circumstances are confronted several times over a period of years. Humbling ourselves to be open to admit that we have only looked at life from our point of view and admit that we are wrong will help us learn more and learn more quickly.
The most important lessons we learn will be based on truth. But for all of the truths of God, Satan offers an opposing lie based on self-gratification in achieving worldly goals that are only related to this life. But here is a truth about life that we need to learn:
“The Christian life is a broad road of happiness, joy, peace, blessing, success, significance, and contentment, which is ironically gained by choosing the narrow road of surrender, obedience, self-denial, self-sacrifice, truth, worship, and service.” Patrick Morley
Too often our sin may be that we rationalize our disobedience to get around God’s will. We mistake his commands as a roadblock to achieve our desires instead of a gate to know and understand him more and experience his blessings. We must ask ourselves and answer honestly if we have, or are, settling for so much less than God has planned for us.
Satan works hard as “the accuser of the brethren.” He likes for us to focus on our guilt for wrongs that we do and the good things we didn’t do. And he plays on our pride so that we hide our wrongs lest people think less of us. So we wear “masks”—hiding who we really are and what we struggle with to project the image of what we want people to think we are like. Don’t we realize that none of us are perfect? We all have struggles. As long as we conceal our struggles, we keep ourselves from overcoming them.
"The reason we fear the consequences of confession is because we've yet to realize the consequences of concealment.
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