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Change or die…

Change or DieI just got back from seeing the dentist. I don’t floss. Other than the moment before I head to the dental office. It’s painful every time. Especially since I’ve got an aversion to all things metal (I try to eat with plastic cutlery whenever possible). Everytime I go they remind me to floss, and everytime I go back I wonder why I didn’t. Why don’t I change?

I just finished reading a Fast Company magazine I borrowed from the library. It’s cover story is Change or Die. Though most of us say and think that we would change if the risks were high enough, the premise of the article is that we shouldn’t count on it. Even facing death itself rarely leads to change.

It says how 80% of the 1.8 trillion dollar health care budget in America is attributed to preventable behavioral issues. Two years after having a coronary-artery bypass, 90% of patients have not changed their lifestyles.

That’s nine to one odds against you ever changing. What do you think of that? You’re not going to change. I shudder at the thought of it. That much of who you are is who you are. That’s it. Or is it?

(You can find most of the article online here)

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  • Larry February 13, 2006, 5:32 pm

    They’ve left the Holy Spirit out of their calculations. Change by a human being unaided is, I think, impossible 9 out of 10 times. At least. Those of us who can call on the Holy Spirit for daily help can do better. Still, it’s a struggle. I daily have to remind myself that God’s motivation is love. I see the chasm between where I am and where I think He wants me to be… and I want to quit. But where I think God may want me and where he really wants me, are two different things. I don’t really need to fear His changes, but I do.

  • onelife February 14, 2006, 4:07 am

    I was waiting for someone to mention that. I think you hit it right on, that it’s a struggle. how many christian’s are out there, including myself, that struggle with change? I have no doubt of the Spirit’s work and the Spirit’s timing, but we have some part in change/transformation as well, don’t we? Is there something that we can do to be better at change ourselves and in helping others?

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