Changed Thinking Changes People
It is an important search to identify good reasons and theories about how why people change. Ultimately though, all reasons and theories will come down to changed thinking changes people. Here is a phrase that has merit:
If people are changed, they are changed largely because their thinking has changed.
Since a person's thinking is the critical element, it is imperative to help people change using truth and reality.
Read the Acts 19:18-20 and think about what happened there. Does that scripture passage illustrate how changed thinking changes people?
YES! Before they knew Christ, they thought magic was the answer. The books they owned apparently were used to apply the magic. Now that they believe in Christ, they burned an absolute fortune in books about magic.
Why? Their thinking had changed! There is a common pattern everyone follows in life. You will learn about it in the next blog. Here is the pattern that any of the people in the Acts passage could have said, “My life was dependent on whether I had the right magic or potion to make life better. Now that I believe in Christ, I have burned by magic books and believe that He is the answer.”
Their life was radically changed, so much that they burned what they used to consider treasure.
Let's take a simplified look at change. You can use three options for change: get better, stay the same, or get worse. So below is a simple table using those three options. Instead of using something very specific, let's just talk about change in your life based on something true or a lie.
What’s obvious about the BETTER column?
Right, it involves believing TRUTH!
Truth is imperative for a “better” life. When lives are changed for the better, truth is involved somewhere. “Better” in this context does not mean winning the lottery. While that can be better for some, if they have the right thinking about stewardship, for most it creates a nightmare. So, “better" is defined as a life that becomes more closely aligned with God’s prescription.
Truth is always required to become aligned with God. Consider the definition of truth: “the quality of being true, genuine, actual, or factual; a proven or verified principle or statement; fact.”
And, please consider another word – REALITY. Reality is defined as “an actual fact, the quality or state of being real.”
While the definitions of truth and reality are not identical, they show striking similarity. Believing truth means seeing what is actual, genuine, and factual. Being in reality is seeing objectively and factually. Lies are real, but the content of the lie leads to what is not true and factual.
Truth can be difficult to accept and reality is often an acquired taste, but both are worth seeking despite any unpleasantness they may create.
By the way, the phrase “perception is reality” is not true. Reality does not get changed because we perceive it differently. The phrase is correct if used from the view that people think their perception is reality, but reality doesn’t care about our perception, it is what it is.
A Better Statement to Memorize
With truth and reality in mind, let’s build on the statement shown at the beginning of this article –
Our beliefs don’t change for the better unless we accept and act on truth or reality.
To make this applicable to you, what reality/truth are you not applying to your life? Are you willing to ask others for their input? Consider the following as a starter kit to reflect on changes that may be needed in your life.
- Financial stewardship/saving/spending/investing
- Prayer life/Bible study
If you took one item and saw truth or reality about it, you would have a great chance to make a change. Assume it is your spending. Maybe, you are not treating God’s money as His. You are acting like it is yours (I was living this way). If you accept truth or reality is accepted your life will align with God's thinking Or, you ignore it and keep acting like the money is yours. That would mean either your life is better, the same, or worse (Now I live this way).
There's that common pattern again. Look for the details about that pattern soon.
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