Complete opposite – 180 degrees different: “Man… that guy sure did a 180 on me.” We don’t hear that expression very often any more. But, I still see the effect of it. Meaning…. A complete turn-around. A complete change in direction.
We see this in both attitude, personality, character, and sometimes, even, in spiritual matters. More typically we find these changes in our family and business lives. Sometimes a Father, or parent, will do a 180 in their relationship with their child, or vice-versa, and it results in a “lost child” or lost relationship. The process of correcting that issue, almost always, finds us making a corresponding 180, in order to deal with the “lost person.” Almost always, it deals with some form of TOUGH-LOVE.
There has been ‘success’ in the re-alignment relationship with troubled children, or siblings… by placing them in a “military environment,” which would require VERY-STRICT regiments; and most often… we see positive results. This environment is often referred to as a ‘boot-camp’… for trouble children. It sounds BAD… but works GOOD.
Wives sometimes have to deal with husbands (or vice-versa) that have fallen victim to some “character-flaw.” This, too… is often corrected by a 180…. Usually a separation, or worse…a divorce. A complete change in one’s life-style must take place…for a re-alignment to work successfully.
In the business world, it is dealt with… usually, in a much swifter manner… “You’re fired!” In the legal and medical fields, they have organized… and sophisticated ways, of dealing with “character-flaws,” maybe… some sort of 12- step program. Also, depending on the type of “character-flaw,” it may be dealt with as a legal matter… possibly involving a little bit of …jail-time.
SPIRITUALLY flaws? Now that’s a whole different keg of nails. While the SPIRITUAL “character-flaw” almost ALWAYS effects other areas of life (as addressed above), it is more subtle in nature. It kind of creeps up on you. To examine that a bit… I have some friends… who lost their adult son due to CANCER, and (while they don’t admit it) they blame God for the terrible circumstances. And, blaming God…. Well…they accomplished that by declaring… “There is NO God…..He doesn’t exist.” That meets all the criteria for a 180 turn-around. This particular couple went from a life-time of dedicated missionary service, and un-matched Church commitment…. To “not believing in God.”
This process didn’t take root overnight… it took several years to mature into a ‘complete denial’ that God did not exist. This entire process was, of course… aided and abetted by ‘the Head Jailer, himself… satan. To repair this “Heavenly Relationship” … will take a complete 180 turn-around. And YES, and can be, and will be. It will take “God’s Army of Angels” to bring this type of “flaw” back into spiritual alignment. But then… God is …the ‘Great Miracle Worker’…right.
Since most of us would be outsiders to this type of issue… we are left with our ONLY Antidote… PRAYER. In addition, we can find significant COMFORT in the Book of…Isaiah 40:29-3 – He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.
And we can thank the Apostle Paul for giving us…. Romans 8:26: In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groaning’s too deep for words;
…Happy Thanksgiving, and God Bless You… and all those you love and care for… on this wonderful, and special… day to be alive….cjlb…11/23/2017