Friday, April 1, 2011

Can an Old Dog Learn New Tricks

Who hasn't  heard the phrase "Can an old dog learn new tricks"? Applying this phrase to man's best friend, I'm sure we all have nodded our heads or sighed with hopelessness.  If you believe this for a dog you might just be correct, but the other side of the coin is applying this saying to a person. Have you ever used it to describe that stubborn somebody in your life or maybe you have used it as an excuse for your own bad behaviour.! I confess I have.  Have you ever said " That's just the way I am" or "that's the way I was raised" How about  "If my parents hadn't gotten a divorce" or "He'll always be irresponsible. Everyone bails him out" No doubt, there are things that have traumatic lifetime affects on us. Some circumstances of life do not lend to the ingredients that develop emotional and social wholeness.
 I have good news..  there is Hope for all of us.  An "old dog" CAN learn new tricks!...enter a man.... A God Man.... a supernaturally natural man who can transform lives!
Jesus came to set the captives free....He's not kidding.. this is not a joke or a great idea someone came up with...this is Truth!
It is a simple opportunity that can lend to a life time of wholeness, loving others and enjoying life....having someone to lean on when things get tough.
Jesus is not an instant formula to our character flaws but he does say in Roman 12:2 to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. His Word, the Bible, gives us Truth about who we really are. Colossians 3:10 tells us we can be renewed to the True Knowledge of the One who created us. I don't know how it all works but I do  know that when I surrender that part of me that is selfish and self-seeking and I tell Him I want to change He does it! In His perfect timing He changes my sinful behaviour into a compassionate understanding for others. Somehow He removes my desire for "my own way" and gives me a compassion and love for "His way" which always leads to Life in me and those around me. Thank you Jesus that I do not have to stay in my destructive unhappy habits.
I have heard that you can change a habit in 21 days or maybe its 6 weeks. I'm sure that could be true. But the difference is that when you do something in your own will power it is very likely to be temporal. When Jesus changes me it is eternal. He said the kingdoms of this world are now the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever, Revelation 11:15
So receive Him and what He has done for you and let Him transform your life into something way beyond what you can think or imagine!