A Case for Personal Growth
We all have things about ourselves that we don’t like. Things like our weight, our personality, various habits, etc. God tells us we must give up our life for him, like Christ did for us Yet it seems incredibly difficult to make changes, to surrender ourselves to God. Is it really that hard, or do we just not know what to do?
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Who can tell me what yield sign looks like? What shape is it? It’s a triangle, but it’s upside down. What color is it? Yield signs were, originally, yellow with black letters. Now they are white with a thick red border and red printing – and they have been that way since 1972! Why does our mind do this to us? Right after I learned that they were red and white, I went out and drove my car and they were all over the place! Even now, when somebody says, “Yield sign,” to me, I think yellow and black first. But now I have to correct myself because I know that that was only that way for a short time after I got my driver’s license.
Here’s how it works. Daniel Seigel, in his book, The Developing Mind, likened the human brain to a sophisticated predictor. See that piece of pie and that dessert cake? Will it taste good? Girl sees a good-looking guy. Will he like me? He’s got a water balloon. What’s he going to do with it? Almost every kind of input that we get, we go back in our memory bank and we try to find something similar to see what might happen with this next one that’s coming up.