Posted on September 09, 2011 by Jennie Turton, One of Thousands of Christian Coaches on Noomii.
Overcoming mental limitations takes incredible courage but can yield incredible rewards! Why do we fear the very thing that brings us freedom?
It’s funny how we can look at the same scenario from a thousand different angles; but if we’re still examining the scene from within our existing paradigm, it will be impossible to see anything new. These paradigmatic limitations keep us locked in prisons of our own making. We get stuck, develop ruts, repeat cycles until finally one day we dare to risk exploring the reality that it is not our perspective that is off but our entire worldview.
It takes courage to re-examine those pillars of our identity. We are slowest to give those a reconsider. Yet, it is these “non-negotiables” that are often the paradigmatic problem. We are willing to reconsider everything else; yet, nothing changes simply because we won’t even tip toe near the actual source of the problem.
We’re afraid…as though daring to take a second look at something core to our being might shatter us. So, we press on in ignorance.
But…if we are willing, for only a moment, to look deep into the fabric of our being and stare into the face of those rock solid “truths,” we might discover that God actually has something to say about those things we hold most dear. He might actually have some light of His own to shed on the issue.
Stubborness is an incredible “virtue.” It can set us up for a lifetime of misery. Malleability, on the other hand, is an enviable trait. Especially when coupled with haste. It can save us vast amounts of grief.
Malleability positions us to lay all at the foot of the cross…all beliefs, all non-negotiables, all of everything. Nothing is beyond the scope of the investigative power of the One who can challenge every last assumption and shake every conviction to the level of new understanding.
Perspective comes at the cost of surrender. Surrender to the possibility that, perhaps, just perhaps, the Author of our “non-negotiables” has a better grip on the reality of Truth than we do.
One new revelation. That is all it takes to move us out of the grid lock of our own paradigm and into the vast expanse of new insight.
The very thing we cling to cannot come close to offering what that one moment of clarity from Him has to offer.
Why do we resist so very hard?