By Dr. Rick Warren
思想 / 討論題目
關於你自己，你想要改變什麼－－不論是個人或工作上？你在做這些改變時，是否成功？ 你認為改變為何如此困難？換句話說，為何這種想要改變的「好意」通常不足以完成真正、長久的改變？ 本文作者說要達成所想要的改變需要改變你思想的方式。你是否同意？為什麼？ 羅馬書12章2節說：「只要心意更新而變化，叫你們察驗何為神的善良、純全、可喜悅的旨意」這對你而言是否實際？若是，這會如何發生？請解釋。註：若你有聖經且想要看有關此主題的其他經文，請看：
EFFECTING CHANGE – RENEWING YOUR MIND
By Dr. Rick Warren
Almost every one of us has something about ourselves we would like to change – at work, in relationships, in day-to-day habits and actions. To change your life, however, you must first change how you think. Behind everything you do is a thought. Every behavior is motivated by a belief, and every action is prompted by an attitude.
To hear modern-day gurus tell it, this would seem to be a startling new discovery. But God revealed this truth thousands of years before psychologists understood it: "Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts" (Proverbs 4:23, Today”s English Version).
To illustrate this point, imagine riding in a speedboat on a lake with an automatic pilot set to go eastward. If you were to decide to reverse course and head toward the west, you have two possible ways to change the boat’s direction.
One way is to grab the steering wheel and physically force the speedboat to head in the opposite direction from where the autopilot has been programmed to guide it. By sheer willpower, you could overcome the autopilot, but you would feel constant resistance. Your arms would eventually tire of the stress, you would have to let go of the steering wheel, and the boat would instantly turn back toward the east, as it had been internally programmed.
Sounds like a lot of hard work, correct? And the change would only be temporary – once you stopped trying to force the change, all would return to the way it was before.
This is what happens when you try to change your life with willpower. You tell yourself, "I will force myself to … eat less … stop smoking … quit being disorganized and late … not respond angrily when I am under pressure."
Willpower can produce short-term change, but creates constant internal stress because you have not dealt with root causes of what you would like to change. Making the change you desire does not feel natural. It requires great effort and willpower. Eventually you give up – and go off the diet, grab another cigarette, arrive late for another important meeting, or react with inappropriate anger.
There is a better and easier way: Change your “autopilot” – change the way you think. Or, as the Bible says, be willing for it to change: "Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think" (Romans 12:2).
Change always starts first in the mind. The way you think determines the way you feel, and the way you feel influences the way you act, which means, "there must be a spiritual renewal of your thoughts and attitudes" (Ephesians 4:23).
To be like Christ, you must develop the mind of Christ. The Bible talks about having “the mind of Jesus Christ,” and calls this mental shift, "repentance." The Greek literally means, "to change your mind and direction."
To repent means to change the way you think. You must change your thinking about God, yourself, sin, other people, life, your future, everything; and adopt Christ’s outlook and perspective on life: You follow Him!
© 2011, Purpose Driven Life. All rights reserved. Adapted from a column by Dr. Rick Warren, the author of numerous books, including the highly acclaimed, The Purpose-Drive Life, which has been translated into many languages and sold throughout the world. It affirms the importance of having a carefully considered, clearly expressed purpose to guide everyday life. It has been named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th Century. He also has written The Purpose-Driven Church.
What is something (or some things) about yourself would you like to change – personally or professionally? How successful have you been in making these changes? Why do you think change is so difficult? In other words, why is it that “good intentions” usually do not seem to be enough to accomplish genuine, lasting change? Dr. Warren states that achieving desired change requires change – in the way you think. Do you agree? Why or why not? He quotes Romans 12:2 in the Bible, which states, "Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." Does this seem realistic to you? And if so, how can this occur? Explain your answer.NOTE: If you have a Bible, consider these other passages that relate to this topic:
Proverbs 16:3, 23:7; Romans 6:11; 1 Corinthians 10:12; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Ephesians 6:3-4; Philippians 4:8-9; Hebrews 4:12