15 Nothing outside a person can defile them by going into them. Rather, it is what comes out of a person that defiles them.”
Jesus was addressing a diverse crowd, many of whom were really concerned about following ritual laws and not eating anything unclean. Jesus stressed, “Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person; but the things that come out from within are what defile.” In other words, we should not be so concerned about the food that we are eating; we should be concerned about what is coming out from our hearts and minds.
Something I have noticed is I have been using the words, “have to”. I have to go to work today. I have to lead a small group. I have to drive to work. I have to pay the bills. Our words reinforce either a positive or negative perspective. Our words subtly echo the story we tell ourselves every single day. After a while we begin to believe it.
My life dramatically changed when I began changing “have to” into “get to” I get to go to work! I get to lead a group of my friends closer to Jesus. I get to drive to work because I have a car! I get to pay the bills! That one is still tough for me. Have to – frames things in a way that says I am obligated or required. Mostly negative. Get to – frames it more from a sense of gratitude and appreciation. Mostly positive.
When we bring these words over to our walk with Jesus, I think it can change how we look at Jesus, others, and even yourself. I get to follow Jesus. I get to read the Bible. I get to worship and go to church. I get to talk with others about Jesus. I get to lead little ones closer to Jesus. I don’t have to, I get to.
Matthew Kelly says, “Thoughts become choices, choices become actions, actions become habits, habits become character, and your character is your destiny.” Life is a gift, a gift that is much more enjoyable when we choose to see it that way.
What can I say, “I get to” for?
Am I a get to or have to person?
Dear Lord, change our thoughts and shift them towards a thankful mindset. You were always thankful no matter what trials you went through. We thank you for leading us well. Amen.
Have a great weekend!