Old Habits and Lasting Change

Saturday, December 20, 2008

It's December 20, and time for pondering the foregoing year.

People often make resolutions in the new year to do things better than they did in the year before.

The truth is, few of us do.

We just go on day by day living our lives and we are accustomed to doing, and, although change is inevitable, we rarely initiate it on our own.

We are creatures of habit, it seems, and when some of those habits are not good ones it is difficult, if not impossible, to change them for the better.

Unless we have outside help, that is.

Many people turn to support groups to enlist the aid of others in changing their bad habits. SparkPeople is a great example of that - a place where others with a similar problem can converge to help and encourage each other.

Still others may join a health club in hopes that just being there will bring about a change they desire but have been unsuccessful in bringing about on their own.

Some distract themselves with television or turn to a hobby in hopes of bypassing their habitual urge. Interestingly enough, eating is a favorite choice of many to distract themselves from the fact that they are significantly overweight. Obviously, this only exacerbates the situation. I put myself in this category.

But I KNOW the only true change comes from within.

As a counselor, I have often helped people to manage uncomfortable feelings and their perception of stress in order to clear the way for change. These are important issues for human beings to confront.

But as a Christian, I know that only with the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit can I effectively throw off "everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles" (Hebrews 12:1) and make next year a better one than this year was.
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    Thanks for the honesty. I totally agree. As a believer, I struggle with the moment-by-moment decisions that prevent my yielding to His control! I'm glad you are my Friend. Lee
    4187 days ago
    Thank you for sharing Pepper. -Kay
    4522 days ago
    I agree with you God is the answer. i also am a counselor especially like weight control issues I have began 2 or 3 classes and would love to go totally
    in to one on one with women and men i have helped many. my story is quite long but check out my spark page if you are interested, I went from 247 lbs to 130 lbs with Gods guidence size 26 to 14 now but when totally faithful i was size 6 for 4 years then got back into fear worry and pain emotional and physical now must cut way back on sugar to recver my lss which was a gain in happiness and strength. emoticon
    4524 days ago

    Comment edited on: 12/20/2008 11:29:23 AM
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