CHANGE: When we get married… “I’m going to change him to do it the way I want it done. Good luck on that one. We are a world of change, they say, but it’s done on each one’s own specific terms…not the others. I’ll get him to change his religion after we get married; or we’ll start to go to church when the kids get old enough. Or, the best one…he’s always done it that way because that’s what he learned from his mother…but I’ll change him. It NEVER works!
If people were really able to control change…then there would likely be “no wars,” and no in-fighting, or even likely…divorces. You’ve heard the saying…we’re “worlds apart.” We…that would be…you and me… are the only one capable of effecting CHANGE. We cannot change others, though attempts are made. It is possible… through changing ourselves, we can, by example… just possibly…change the opinion of others.
The advertising media has been doing that for decades. They blast us with this type of product over the other one. Now, of all things…which sex improvement drug will help the best…this one…or that one? Do they really work…um…don’t ask me…that’s ground I’ve not walked on.
How often do you think a “die-hard Catholic” is going to convert to being a Baptist… or a Jew to Catholicism? A stanch Democrat…over to a Republican? It seems the politicos spend billions trying to “convert” one line of thought, or commitment…over to another. Why not just concentrate on those who are not committed?
I’ve NEVER understood why the Churches spend millions and millions… on trying to convert someone from one faith to another, instead of focusing on those who have “no-faith.” Romans 12:1-2 – I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
For centuries, I’ve refused to use bath towels and hand cloths that are “heavy,” or fluffy. I prefer the light weight, or less expensive. I like to “feel the cloth” flow over my body. A while back, my bride comes home with a “package of one dozen” heavy-duty face clothes. I found that I preferred it. The thicker cloth held the “lather” on it longer. Simple. And, no one crammed it down my throat.
I believe, setting a good example…will set about CHANGE… better than anything. When I was younger… I’d NEVER ask anyone to do something that I did not set an example. It made no difference if it was digging a ditch, sweeping a parking lot, or cleaning a bathroom… or making a bed. I set an example…to do it the right way.
Another example, I don’t have to “look for” someone to talk to…about Jesus. They look for me. I wear a cross on my hat, on my lapel, and around my neck. Every day, without fail…several…will ask me… Are you a Chaplin? Are you a Priest, a Pastor, a Preacher, or what? Most are curious, and eager to “talk.” Most people thrive on “learning something new.” They just don’t want it “crammed down their throats.”
When Jesus walked the earth 2000 years ago… Nine out of ten times… people approached Him. It’s all in how you “carry yourself.” It’s how you present yourself. I’ve only been in “the business” of talking about God, in a serious manner, for about 4-5 years. To this day… I NEVER approach anyone blindly. Something attracts them to me. Remember… we’re made in the IMAGE of God…and I try to set an EXAMPLE.
I REMEMBER very well, someone telling me some 50+ years ago… “You’re going to Hell,” because I was “not of their faith.” Can you imagine? Is that a way to start a conversation? My point is… there is a “range” of what is acceptable… in the process of promoting CHANGE.
Proverbs 18:15 An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge.
EXAMPLE: No one is forcing you to read this article. You do it because “you want to.” If you didn’t come away from it…with something positive… you’d QUIT. CHANGE can be good!
Change is a “gift from God.” Change is… when someone is walking, say… to the south, and something happens… an internal change, of sorts… and he turns and starts walking towards the west. Maybe a spiritual change…. Nautically speaking… a very slight change in the direction of a sailboat…can become a major change in its final destination. So… it is so, in our walk through life.