In today’s installment of the blog, Jack’s Winning Words, Pastor Freed used is old Scottish-Irish prayer as his quote – “Lord, grant that I may always be right, for Thou knowest that I am hard to turn.”
We use such euphemistic phrases and terms as “set in their ways”, “stubborn as a mule” or maybe bullheaded to describe those who refuse to change their minds, especially about things that we know (or think we know) they are wrong about. Do you know some people like that? Are you like that?
Sometimes these people have come to the wrong conclusions based upon receiving bad information or even disinformation that was purposefully planted in their minds. Many times their positions on things were cemented early in their lives based upon observing others (usually adults). That is usually how prejudices get started. Perhaps an unfortunate personal experience was the basis for a fear or dislike that refuses to fade away.
Whatever the reason, it is hard for many of us to turn, to change our minds on certain things or our reactions to certain things or people. We are not right on these things, but it is hard to turn, to change.
We read in Romans 12:2 – Romans 12:2 – “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
While we may not be able to achieve perfection, we can at least continue to try to get better. Perhaps instead of praying that God allow us to always be right, as today’s quote suggests; we should instead pray that God open our minds to change and new ways of looking at things. We might say, “Lord open my mind to change so that I may be the person that you would have me be.”
A little trick that I learned a while back may help with this. It is to allow a little song that is based on a Psalm rattle around in your head – “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” – Psalm 51:10
Try that and see if you aren’t a little less bullheaded and a little more God-headed.
Have a great week ahead.