A Change of Direction - Part 1

January 1, 2016, 12:00 am


It Starts in Your Mind

 Every day Goliath would stand on the battle field and challenge the soldiers who belonged to the army of Israel to come out and fight him. No one would accept his challenge because they were afraid of him. These guys were brave fighting men.

David was sent to the battlefield by his father to check on the well being of his brothers. When he arrived Goliath was challenging the men of Israel to come out and fight him. The Bible says that when the Israelites saw Goliath they ran from him in fear. When David, who was probably still a teenager, saw Goliath he was not afraid. He asked the soldiers what would be done for the man who kills Goliath.

David was convinced that with God on his side he could defeat Goliath in battle. He convinced the king to let him go out and fight Goliath. He was victorious because he believed that God was going to help him be successful. The difference between David and the soldiers in the Israelite army was that they believed it was impossible to defeat Goliath and he believed with God all are possible.

When we want to see change take place in a certain area of our lives it helps to have a mindset like David’s. I say this because often times our thinking is the biggest obstacle to making changes. We think about something we would like to accomplish and then the negative thoughts come in. We may convince ourselves that it is too difficult of a task. We may find ourselves questioning why do we think it can be done this time when we weren’t able to do it in the past?

I believe that those who accomplish great things do so in part because they believe it can be done. Those who don’t accomplish what they started aren’t sure it can be done. When you aren’t sure of something it is easy to quit when times get tough.

As you think about one thing in your life that you would like to see change in 2016 do you really believe that change is possible? Is this going to be a year of successes or failures? Your thinking will have a lot to do with it. I want you to focus on talking yourself into success rather than out of it. Have an "I can attitude" rather than an "I can’t attitude." If other people have done it so can you.  The Biblical book of Philippians reminds us that we can do all things through Him who gives us strength. Like David we face the giants of life with God on our side. With God’s help we can accomplish great things.

Talk to you next week.

Tom    

 

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