The call came into the radio studio at 3:17 AM. I thought maybe she was sincere.
She said, “I gotta quit cussin’.”
“That seems worthwhile.” She obviously knew she needed to switch something causing her grief. Why or how she got to this place I didn’t know?
“Yeah, I mean I cuss even tho’ there ain’t no reason.”
“What might be a good reason to cuss?”
“Well, heck I don’t know … ain’t none, I guess?”
She recognized her errant conduct. “So, what’s your plan; how are you going to quit cussing?”
“WHAT CAN I DO?”
“I been thinkin’ of a few things.”
“Okay, such as?” I wondered about her strategy.
She had an idea. “I’m thinking I can find a darn old cannin’ jar and then put money in it when I mess up.”
It was something. “All right, how big would the jar be, quart or pint size?” This momentarily threw her off.
“What the … yeah, okay, I see where you’re comin’ from. It best be giant, huh?”
“A small jar might be more motivational. So what else have you thought of?”
She lowered her voice and spoke in confidence, “Well, I’m thinkin’ I’d maybe pray about it.”
“Sounds good … Would you like me to pray with you now?” We prayed and invited God to enter her situation.
“Thanks for hearin’ me.”
“Hey, call anytime, let me know how it’s going.”
I believed she’d succeed because she honestly expressed three truths necessary for progressing to a desired change:
1) See the problem,
2) Recognize what must change, and
3) Accept responsibility for making it happen.
Any weakness can then be switched to a strength.
To my benefit, there are times when I’m sick and tired of my behavior and I’m determined to change for the better.
Often I received calls from others who felt the same way. How does someone turn a weakness into a strength?
Well, obviously a person notes there’s something wrong, identifies what must change and agrees to make a positive behavior change. It’s straight forward, not complicated and seems doable.
The only thing I believe is missing is continual cooperation with the Holy Spirit. The power to change comes from God. And the good news is that Jesus is for you and not opposed to positive changes in your life.
I pray that you and I learn to continually cooperate with the Lord Jesus so that change will happen.
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