Self-destruct?

04.16.21 – Dealing With Change! – Matthew 18:3


My friend, may I ask you a question? Is it wrong to think that change is that easy or it can happen by simply getting some counseling or, even worse, having someone else do it for you.

My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day.

I'm M. Clifford Brunner.


Did you know that Americans spend $50 million a year on subliminal message tapes designed to help them do every- thing from improve their self-image to stop smoking? Many people have bought these tapes, CD's and DVD's to play continuously at night as they sleep. But there's no hidden message in the National Research Council's verdict on such techniques. The Council's report, released in September 2002, concludes: "it's doubtful that subliminal messages are effective. They don't deliver the life-transforming power they promise." Although the report is over 12 pages in length, single-spaced, the long and the short of it is this: subliminal, self-help products are little more than a consumer rip-off.


We all need to change and putting our money behind needful changes isn't wrong. What's wrong is thinking change is that easy or it can happen by simply getting some counseling or, even worse, having someone else do it for you.


Take, for example, the guy went to his doctor looking for a change in his life: "You," said the doctor to the patient, "are in terrible shape. You've got to do something about it. First, tell your wife to cook more nutritious meals. Stop working like a dog. Also, inform your wife you're going to make a budget, and she has to stick to it. And have her keep the kids off your back so you can relax. Unless there are some changes like that in your life, you'll probably be dead in a month." "Doc," the patient said, "this would sound more official coming from you. Could you please call my wife and give her those instructions?" When the fellow got home, his wife rushed to him. "I talked to your doctor," she wailed. "Poor man, you've only got thirty days to live." (Source Unknown) Making changes in our lives is no