There’s a little bird who lives outside the window of our neighborhood workout facility and almost every time I’m at the gym, this bird repeatedly flies into the window. Apparently, he sees his reflection and thinks it’s another bird. I want to tell him, Don’t do that anymore. Don’t you know that you’re going to get hurt? However, he continues to pound the window and doesn’t learn his lesson.
Sometimes we are like the little bird, aren’t we? We make the same mistakes, with bad results, and don’t learn from what we’ve done. We might say:
That’s the last time I’m going to worry.
I’m not going to get angry like that in the future.
I’m not going to spend money I don’t have.
But then we fly into the window again and we repeat the pattern.
How can we change, once and for all? How do we avoid regret and become the woman or man we were created to be?
We must acknowledge that we cannot eliminate a behavior or generational curse in our own power. If it’s a family trait that we can’t shake, we have to bind it in the name of Jesus. If it’s a behavior, we must pray for God’s power to overcome. Remind yourself of 1 John 4:4 that says, “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
I’m down to one credit card, and my goal is to pay it off over the next couple of years. I’ve never been able to do this on my own. When it comes to shopping, I’m like the little bird crashing into the window, but I have asked God to give me the resolve to eliminate debt, and I am binding a poverty mindset that says I don’t have enough. I also want to travel more, and desire a card that give me airline miles, so that is extra motivation. It has become a fun activity to watch the debt decrease and to think about the places I want to go. The Lord is giving me the strength I need because I have turned the bad behavior over to Him. He has become greater than my desire to spend.
What do you need to overcome? Do you want to be the man or woman you were created to be? Then take a moment to pray over the area where you repeatedly fail. Tell God, “I cannot make this change on my own. You are greater than this shortcoming, Lord. Help me to stop pounding the window in my life.