What does it take to change?
Like… think of a subject you’ve really changed your mind about. Maybe you’re not part of the same political party you were when you were younger.
Or maybe you swore you’d never get married and now you have a ring on your finger. Maybe you’re vegetarian now. Or a health nut.
Or maybe you’re religious when you swore all along you wouldn’t be.
I shared a few weeks ago some of the ways I’ve changed – politically, theologically, socially.
I’m fascinated by how people change because it’s so different from what we think.
We’ve convinced ourselves that we change when we’re presented with new information.
But that’s not true. In fact, new facts can have almost the opposite effect – causing us to dig in our heels and cross our arms.
The classic example is texting and driving – by now everyone knows that texting while driving impairs us at least as much as driving while drunk. And yet that knowledge has not made a significant impact on the number of people who text and drive.
Or take the people who deny the results of the 2020 election. It doesn’t matter that there’s exactly zero evidence – for them that’s further proof of a sweeping conspiracy! It doesn’t matter that the architects of the attempt to steal the election have admitted they lied in order to undermine the legitimate results.
Beliefs are far more fact-proof than we’re comfortable admitting.
So if that’s true, how do we change? What does it look like for us to change? Particularly when it comes to growing in faith, growing spiritually, if learning more Bible facts isn’t what does it, then how do we change?