When I was a kid, I loved playing with blocks and legos and such. As a very young boy, I had one of those shape sorter sets. Do you remember those? It wasn’t made of the cheap plastic of today, but you had to put the round block into the round hole and the square block in the square hole and so on.
I’ve never been much of a follower. The round block WILL fit in the square hole if you hit it enough times with a hammer. I know. I’ve done it.
I’m not sure what that says about my temperament, but I know that persistence won the day back then.
When I think of our lives today, I wonder if trying to fit a round block into a square hole is such a bad idea. We get used to the same old routines in our lives. Many people settle into the idea of themselves and never hope for more than they currently are. Sure, at times there are feelings that something more is possible, but the business of our schedules and the lack of motivation within us keep us from pursuing that “more”.
Why? Why don’t more of us achieve our potential?
Perhaps it is because society does not want us to. Sure, we love the eccentric genius who changes the world with a new invention or innovation, but we ignore the hell we put him or her through before they got there. It is as if we feel poorly about our situation, so we should help others feel like us by keeping them from achieving their potential. Have you experienced either side of that in your life? Have you been jealous of someone’s success rather than celebratory? Have you refrained from stepping out because “what would THEY think?”
There is also the negative self talk we have to endure. We tell ourselves who we think we are, and in so doing we fulfill what we think. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” How we think about ourselves determines who we become.
Don’t you want more? Don’t you wish the Holy Spirit would magically just transform you into the perfect you while you sleep? I know I do.
But I also know He doesn’t work like that. He will not create in you that which you do not desire and will not maintain. You might have spurts of awesome, but then you will head back to mediocrity because you’re unwilling to live at awesome – it’s too taxing.
The Holy Spirit can change us, but we must be willing to do the things that are evidence of that change. If we want to be more evangelistic, we must be willing to speak to others we don’t already know. If we want to be patient, we must fake it until we make it. Faith is walking the road though you can’t see what’s around the next bend. As we walk, we become more strong, and we begin to change.
You can be different, but it will take moving first. As long as you sit there, doing the same thing you’ve always done, thinking about being different, you’ll remain the same. It is only after you begin to behave differently that you will be different. In other words, you must find a way to put your round self into a square situation. As long as you stay in your round situation you will remain the same. Step out and try what intimidates you.
When you do, you’ll find that new doors for all sorts of possibilities will open in front of you, and the Holy Spirit will use your new surroundings to transform you inside out.