Tuesday, January 8, 2013

What Makes You Think

There is a Mongolian BBQ place across the street from where I work. Over the past 5 years, this same establishment has gone out of business half a dozen times. Each time it has been re-opened as another Mongolian BBQ place. Don't the business folks pondering such opportunities and such locations consider the success of the venture in detail before they start signing documents and committing significant amounts of money? What makes them think that if everyone else has failed with the exact same idea that they will fare any differently?

Such is the case with so many things in life. You watch relationship after relationship end because the husband does not pay attention to his wife and elects to spend most of his free time with the guys. Yet you do the same thing and wonder why your marriage is crumbling. What makes you think that you can do the same thing that everyone else is doing and it will turn out better?

Everyone you know is struggling to pay their bills and is wracking up huge credit card debts that they will never be able to pay off. They are life-long serfs on the plantation of debt. Yet you keep pulling out that plastic card for every shiny thing that captures your attention. What makes you think that your financial situation will be any easier to deal with when you do the exact same thing as others?

You watch your friends make bad decisions when they go out partying three or four times per week. Their lives are a train wreck and they look like crap. Yet every time they head out the door and throw out an invite, you board that train without a thought. What makes you think that by making the same stupid choices as others do, things will go any differently for you?

I have thrown out three different examples here, but I'm sure that you can quickly come up with your own list. In areas in your life where you fail or fall into sin or don't measure up when you follow the same path as everyone else does, what makes you think things will turn out any differently for you?