Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Patterns


PATTERNS


What helps our lives or hurts our lives? Patterns. If we get in a pattern of eating healthy, exercise, and making better choices we feel better, maybe lose weight, better moods, live longer, etc… We develop a pattern of losing our temper, abusing alcohol, using drugs, being lazy, not exercising, and being resentful we will develop addictions, hurt others, isolate ourselves, become bitter, etc… you get the idea of what I’m trying to say. It’s all about patterns.

We have to develop positive, healthy, productive, and good patterns in our lives, personality, relationships, and lifestyle or our lives are going to suffer. Whether it’s in our careers, education, relationships, or our spiritual life if we don’t develop good habits of healthy patterns in our lives and break the cycle of unhealthy, destructive, or negative patterns in our lives we are going to slowly destroy our lives and hurt ourselves and others with our actions, attitude, and patterns.

I’ve had to take a hard honest look at myself lately and realize I have to make some changes because I have some unhealthy and unproductive patterns in my life. I’ve also tried in the past month or two to develop some healthy and positive patterns by starting to exercise and eat smarter. It can be done. Feel your pulse on your wrist or neck. If you still have one, you’ve still got time to make changes. As long as we are alive we have a chance to break harmful patterns in our lives and create helpful patterns.

Maybe your friendships and relationships keep failing or falling apart because you need to change some destructive patterns. Maybe your job or education is suffering because you have negative study or work habits? Maybe your body and health are failing because you have harmful eating or lifestyle patterns? Maybe your faith is crumbling or non-existent because you have unhealthy patterns of not reading God’s word, never talking to God, not committed to church attendance and service, or making lifestyle changes to mature in your faith. You can change. You can break the cycle. You can make a choice to change the patterns in your life.

There are things you can do immediately. There are things that may take time to overcome. Any bad habit takes time to create so sometimes it takes time to overcome it. Maybe you’ll need the accountability of a friend or loved one. Maybe you’ll need spiritual or professional help? All help that is positive is will help you overcome bad patterns and develop good patterns. Remember take one day at a time, change bad habits to good habits one at a time, be brutally honest with yourself and start today to change the negative patterns in your life. It can and will change your life. I know I’m trying myself. I know I can change. I know I need to change. I know with faith in God I can do anything. Start today.

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:2A(NIV)

5 comments:

Herdman90 said...

Hey, Jason. Nice WW message. I hope you are well and developing some good patterns. The Weasel Weekly is a great pattern.

Jason Thomas said...

thanks Big Al!

Cathy said...

I am really emjoying your posts! Keep up the good work and you know we MISS you!

Cathy said...

I can spell enjoy. LOL

Jason Thomas said...

thanks, I miss you guys too!