Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lose 40 Pounds Before Tomorrow

Back in 1985, Oprah Winfrey was nominated for best supporting actress in the movie The Color Purple. As the story goes, Oprah relates that the night before the Oscars, she realized that she was not going to lose forty pounds before tomorrow.

If you want things to change and you want things to be different, you have to do something different. Things don’t just happen. You don’t lose forty pounds without changing something in your diet or exercise routine. The largest hurdle in change is the human will. You have to want it first, before anything at all will happen.

I know a lot of people who really want to know God more. The desire is there, but the will has not yet kicked in. If you want to know God more, what changes are you willing to make? It won’t just happen.

The basic components of desire are want and need. We can say that we want that new pair of shoes or that new car. And the more we try to justify our “want,” we push over into our need for it. Suddenly our wants become our needs. Nissan had a commercial recently that showed a sports car and said simply: “Want. Need. Same thing.”

That makes a huge difference in how we approach our daily reading of Scripture. God’s Word becomes both a desire and a delight. I want it. I need it. And it will change your life, one day at a time.

Press on!

…for Your law is my delight.

Psalm 119.77

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