Old Programming

>> Saturday, October 15, 2011

I bought gas for my car this morning. I’ve been performing that duty for 40 years. Yet each time … just for an instant … my mind flies back to the first time I accomplished that task.  

I had been programmed to believe that pumping gas was way beyond my capabilities. That first time, as I pulled into the service station, I was overwhelmed with all that needed to be done. The correct distance from the pump … pulling up to the right position for the hose to reach the car … knowing how to open the gas tank … how to make the gas actually pump through the hose … all these thoughts flooded my mind. My heart was pounding. Was I about to make a fool of myself? My old programming had been that I was totally incapable of performing such a complicated procedure. And for years I believed it.  

Today, it seemed so simple.  

We all have old programming. My list was long … and most of it had to do with religion. It’s not easy to overcome beliefs that have been pounded into your very core. It took time and a lot of effort on my part to change some very basic concepts … about God … and me.  

Maybe you are dealing with some old programming. Or are you even aware you are operating under that old system? What kind of reactions do you have? Are they in response to what you believe … or what you’ve been told to believe? Sometimes it’s tough to separate the two.  

Maybe you are in the process of programming someone … perhaps your child. Exactly what are you entering into their system? Is it something they will have to work at overcoming?  

I learned to take each situation … one at a time. Then I would observe me … my reactions … my thoughts. The next step was to decide if I wanted to change my behavior. And that’s when the hard work began. I apologized often to my children … sometimes changing my answer in mid-stream.  

I had lots of old programming. But with God’s help, it’s now a distant memory … flaring only occasionally.  

So here's what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for Him. Don't become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You'll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what He wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 (MSG)

2 comments:

dandelionfleur October 15, 2011 at 4:34 PM  

I have some reprogramming I'm still working on--but it's gotten so much easier these last few years. I loved those reading those verses in this context.

Joy Bach October 15, 2011 at 5:28 PM  

Thanks Dandelionfleur. I feel like I've found a new friend. And yes, I think it gets easier to recognize.

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