…let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus…(Hebrews 12:1-2)
Tuesday, January 26
Have you ever been on a diet and gone to a wedding? You’re at the reception and you see the groom’s cake made of rich, decadent chocolate. You say to yourself, “I’m not going to eat the cake, I’m not going to eat the cake, I’m not going to eat the cake.” What are you probably going to do? You’re going to eat the cake!
Why? Because your mind is focused on the cake. Most golfers have faced a shot over water and said to themselves, “Don’t hit it in the water! Don’t hit it in the water!” They then hit in the water. Recreational basketball players stand at the free throw line and say to themselves, “Don’t miss! Don’t miss!” They then miss.
Sports psychologist Dr. Bob Rotella likes to say that the brain doesn’t hear the word “don’t” but instead focuses on the picture in our mind of the very thing we’re trying to avoid. The body then follows.
Often times, it’s that same way with a particular temptation in our lives. Focusing on what we’re trying to avoid doesn’t help us to avoid it like we think. Focusing on “not eating the cake” in the surest way to “eat the cake.”
So what do we do?
I believe the ability to say “no” to one thing has something to do with the fact that we’ve said “yes” to another. It’s about focusing on who we’ve said “yes” to more than what we’re saying “no” to.
“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared….it teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ….” (Titus 2:11-13)
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus.
Grace and peace,
Posted on Tue, January 26, 2016
by Chris Seidman