Wednesday, May 26, 2010
I love the story of Josiah in the Bible. He was a young kid, only sixteen at the time of his decision. Israel was so deep into idol worship and not walking in the ways of God. Josiah was a godly young man, but his father was not. Josiah was king over Israel. He knew that something had to change. He ordered that all the people, places and things associated with the idol worship be destroyed to dust. There should be no hope of ever resurrecting them to use again.
Our choice is the same if we want to rid ourselves of unhealthy practices whether they be spiritual or not. If we know that we have trouble in certain areas of our lives then why do we keep revisiting them? If certain people cause of trouble, why do we keep calling them? If we have reminders of these things everywhere we look, how can we expect to clear our minds of them? We need to burn our bridges so that they are no longer a temptation to us.
We become like the people we associate with. If we want to be free from gossip, we can't hang around those who do. If we want to be a stronger christian, we need to find those whoa re serious about that relationship. Sometimes it is painful to make these changes, but it is always beneficial to do so. As our goals change, sometimes so must our frineds and our hangouts. Let us create memories to hang on to that are worth hanging with. Post the pictures of a skinnier you rather than remind yourself of how fat you are. Keep the direction you are heading in full view and someday you will be walking in it.