What is your view of how and what you do?  All of us have guidelines or rules that dictate everything we do.  Try this simple experiment: cross your arms.  Now look at how they are right now.  Some put their left hand on their right bicep and the other hand underneath the other bicep.  Some put both on top, some both on the bottom.  Look at yours, now, uncross them.  Now cross them again, but opposite of how you did it the first time.  

It felt different, didn’t it?  Plus, it most likely took a little longer.  Why?  Well, because you had to think about it.  There are many things that we do in life without giving a lot of thought to because they are habitually done a certain way.  These are the “guidelines” of how we do certain things that have been taught or learned in some manner.  Another similar thing but more complicated is tying one’s shoes.  Having done this a certain way for so long, there is little to no actual thought given to the task.  Muscle memory takes over and accomplishes the end result desired. 

One way of defining poor thinking is to expect a different result from doing something the same way, others have said that this is the definition of insanity.   Behavior change must be accomplished first with a change of mind.  A thought process must occur in order for the body to respond to something in a different way.

Matthew 21:28-32  But what do you think? A man had two sons, and he came to the first and said, ‘Son, go work today in the vineyard.’  “And he answered, ‘I will not’; but afterward he regretted it and went.  The man came to the second and said the same thing; and he answered, ‘I will, sir’; but he did not go.  Which of the two did the will of his father?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, Truly I say to you that the tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the kingdom of God before you.  For John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him; but the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe him; and you, seeing this, did not even feel remorse afterward so as to believe him.

Jesus teaches us in the passage above about repentance, which begins in our  mind.   A  change  of  mind that leads to a change of behavior.  In order to change one’s mind there must, of necessity, be a learning and teaching process.  One must gain knowledge that comes into the mind, so that it can be changed. 

Sometimes, one is given false information that is perceived to be the truth and then is treated as such.  But if one is properly re-taught and learns that what they previously received is no longer the truth, then the perception should change.  Then, and only then, can effective and proper behavior begin. 

May all people come to an understanding of the truth of God’s Word and desire to change whatever their belief may have been to the proper teaching contained within.  Then they may begin to behave in such a way to do the Father’s will.  Seeking to please Him in all things. 

Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter.  Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’  And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’

Learn of the Lord Jesus Christ and then respond in proper obedience to those things He has taught.  Hear the word, believe the teaching, repent of past disobedience, come confessing that He is the living Son of God, be baptized to wash away your sin, then learn even more and be faithful to His teaching until He returns or you leave this life.  (see Romans 10:17; John 8:24; Acts 17:30-31; Matthew 10:32,33; Mark 16:16; Revelation 2:10)