It is a woman's prerogative to change her mind. Don't believe me--live with a woman for a while. My problem is not so much changing my mind, but making up my mind. I can analyze and over analyze any decision--it comes with thinking a lot. The flooring in my home needs replacing. I have a sweet young decorator friend who came over and had a look at my style (or lack thereof). When she left, I asked that she give me three choices. If I walk into their store and see rooms full of choices, I am ready to run~ not walk to the nearest exit. I did not pick one of her three samples, but saw another sample I loved immediately,when returning her samples. I would have been intimated and overwhelmed with the choices, if I had walked in with no idea of a direction, but she helped me make a decision by narrowing my choices.
Speaking of making decisions, does ANYONE know where they want to eat when a group is going out for a meal together? My standard reply is, "It doesn't matter." Truthfully I eat almost anything, so am not picky, What I don't enjoy is going down the list of local offerings and trying to come up with a restaurant that speaks to everyone. Why even when there are only two of us, PLEASE make the decision. I cannot make up my mind~ I LIKE FOOD!
I have on occasion changed my mind on a variety of subjects--points of theology, politics, financial decisions,--even people. My thoughts can be pointed in one direction and with the presentation of other facts make a sharp turn in another direction. We all make snap judgments (don't deny it or I will have to prove you wrong) based upon the superficial only to determine, with time, we were completely wrong. Our mind and our thoughts are changed with circumstance and evidence. Who and what we should allow to influence how we think is a BIG DEAL!
We are nearing the end of our study of this book~
It has been a wonderful study and has opened my eyes to the truth of who I am allowing to influence my thoughts. If we are told certain things about who we are over and over, we begin to believe it. Rather than examining the evidence of our daily lives, we chose to believe the comments of others. Pick out some negative comment from your past, and think about how it has stuck with you and shaped your opinion of who you are. We believe the whispers in our ears instead of the Truth of God. Our minds are filled with every negative word spoken to us and the good and affirming is cast aside as flattery. We become conditioned to mull over the negative and discount the positive.
The Word tells us to take every thought captive and to think on that which God has told us--Truth. Cast aside the whispers of the enemy and change our minds to the Truth of God. God loves us--just as we are--He cares for us--inspite of who we are. We are fearfully and wonderfully made and are precious in His sight. God does NOT make mistakes~ and make no mistake about it--we are not a mistake~we are HIS handiwork. SO the next time those negative thoughts concerning yourself sneak up behind you and infiltrate your thoughts--remind them what the Truth is--and change your mind to what God says-
We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion
raised against the knowledge of God,
and take every thought captive to obey Christ,
being ready to punish every disobedience,
when your obedience is complete.
II Corinthians 10:5