Have you ever said sorry without actually feeling sorry? Or you say it just to appease the other person’s anger, hoping that it will abate sooner than later? Sometimes I do this, and it really bothers me. It just pops out from time to time, and my brain doesn’t seem to catch up until later. This is most definitely one habit that I would like to break, especially since I too frequently interact and pray to God in a similar manner.
How can I be more genuine?
One way I think this might be able to happen is by applying the advice of a university Spanish professor named Ochoa. She and her husband said they only had one rule for their kids: THINK. At least this is what they told me. I asked for some elaboration, and they said so many bad decisions can be avoided if one were to pause, take a moment to think about the consequences for themselves and others, and only follow through if a good outcome could be seen.
The only problem I see with applying the THINK rule is that it requires self-discipline to enable – the very thing that I am lacking so often!
Nevertheless, what I can’t do, God can. Where I come short, Jesus steps in and perseveres. When I am weak, He is strong.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, SELF-CONTROL; against such things there is no law.” -Galatians 5:22-23