Thursday, September 23, 2010

Making Change Easy

The title of this post is meant to be ironic...change is never easy. But sometimes we make it harder than it needs to be.

I enjoy running. With the busy schedule I have, it's often hard to find the time to run. In order to get a jog in, I generally have to do it very early in the morning. There is only one problem with this plan...waking up early is HARD.

I've learned something about myself. If I get everything...and I mean EVERYTHING ready for the run the night before, it's much more likely I will get up and run. If I lay my running clothes out, get a sports drink in the fridge, get my iPod ready, even having the right song cued up, have my watch ready, and in general prepare in every way possible, then I am launching myself to a greater chance of success.

Sometimes we think in order to make a change it needs to be all will power. But I think the opposite is true. The less we have to rely on will power, the better chance the change will stick. The more preparation we can do...the easier we make it to change...the better off we will be when the going gets tough (like when the alarm goes off at 5:00 AM).

How does this apply to more spiritual changes, such as recovering from addiction?

I've found if I put some boundaries in place, I have a much easier chance of staying away from pornography. I can do things such as putting my home computer in a public place, having internet restrictions on my mobile phone, or using a tracking service such as Covenant Eyes.

None of these items are "the cure" to my addiction. The cure is healing by my Savior Jesus Christ and my reliance on him.

However, each of these things make it easier to change. They help me rely less on will power. And for me, this change is hard enough already.

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