How I Broke My Stubborn Attitude

How I Broke My Stubborness

Okay I have a confession to make…I’m a very stubborn person [1].

My father used to talk in his sermons about having two sons; one of them would be disciplined with a simple look, while the other required a more “direct approach.” For weeks I asked him which one of the two sons I was, and finally one day he told me “you don’t want to know.”

Thankfully this has changed a lot since childhood. However there are still moments when I still find myself being a stubborn child.

Sunday was one of those moments

The sermon that morning was on Psalm 20, which includes one of the most often quoted verses in all Scripture.

Psalm 20:7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God

There are some very powerful (and convicting) truths in this verse:

  1. God is the source of all victory (not me)
  2. The world is not on my shoulders
  3. All I am asked to do is my best
  4. And I was never designed to do all things

This takes a sledgehammer to an attitude of stubborness (relying only on ourselves) that beleives:

  1. I am the source of all victory
  2. I have to take care of everything
  3. I cannot let anything go wrong (if I do it’s the end of the world)
  4. And I am the only one who can take care of my problems

Instead of expecting us to take care of all lifes problems God calls us to simply obey Him [2]

God as a loving father doesn’t want to take the “direct approach” for discipline [3] but as my dad will first give us a look that says “what your doing is wrong.”

*Obviously we don’t see the eyes of God in these situations. I’m referring here to subtle warnings He will give us when we stubbornly rely on our own strength.

As a child my parents used many kinds of discpline to break my strong-will 🙂 but it wasn’t till I got older that this attitude was truly broken.

not by using physical discipline
or grounding
or taking away television
but as I understood how much my stubborness hurt my parents

In the same way it’s helpful to remember that our moments or stubborness bring great pain to our Heavenly Father, who sent His son to die for our sins.

  1. I prefer the term strong-willed  ↩

  2. because we don’t have the strength to care for those problems anyways  ↩

  3. bring situations into our lives that force us to rely upon Him  ↩

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