Home > Archives > The Bible Says >
.
Have a Heart Like God
.
 
Photo: Andrew C.
I have always thought “I am who I am, and that doesn't change.” While I believed I could change certain things about me such as how I dress, or what I eat. I didn't think I could change my tendencies. But a book I have been reading by Max Lucado entitled, “Grace for the Moment: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year” has made me think again. Each day the inspirational thought has allowed me to delve deeper into the idea being discussed and has given me a goal for that day.

Tendency to Worry

I have the tendency to worry and be more on the pessimistic side of things in life. That is why when I got to reading the devotional for January 21 in his book, I started to change my way of thinking. Lucado's inspirational thought for that day read, “[God] wants us to be like Jesus.” “You are tweakable. Even if you've worried each day of your life, you needn't worry the rest of your life.” He goes on to say, “Where did we get the idea we can't change? From whence come statements such as, “It's just my nature to worry” or, “I'll always be pessimistic. I'm just that way.”1 What a cord that struck in me! To think all this time I could have been praying for God to help change these very things about me that I thought were here to stay.

Lucado goes on to say, if a person has a “malfunction” in the body, they seek treatment. He says, “Shouldn't we do the same with our hearts? Shouldn't we seek aid for our soul attitudes?” I strongly believe, like Lucado, that Jesus wants to change our hearts to be more like God's. What a perfect goal for every day—to allow God to work on our hearts so that we can have a heart like Him!

"I'll give you a new heart, put a new spirit in you. I'll remove the stone heart from your body and replace it with a heart that's God-willed, not self-willed. I'll put my Spirit in you and make it possible for you to do what I tell you and live by my commands" (Ezekiel 36:26).

Respond to this articleView Reader Comments
______________________________

By Erika Gladden. Copyright © 2011 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines. Scripture taken from The Message ®.

1 Max Lucado. Grace For the Moment: Inspirational Thoughts for Each Day of the Year.J. Countryman, p.36. Division of Thomas Nelson, Inc., Nashville, Tennessee 37214.


SiteMap. Powered by SimpleUpdates.com © 2002-2016. User Login / Customize.