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“Two Men Looked through Prison Bars . . . !”

Updated: Jun 24, 2019

“Two Men Looked through Prison Bars . . . !”

By Rick Walker

(Rick is the preacher at Meadows in Beaumont)

 

Why is it that two children raised in the same house can be so different?  Why is it that two people who were raised in different homes can after a few years of marriage act so much alike?


You will sometimes hear folks say, “We are a product of our environment.”  Their point is everything that happens to a person (good or bad), and all the things said to them (good or bad), have created the person they are today.  I strongly disagree!

This type of thinking produces a “victim-mentality.”  “If you only knew what my parents (or “Mom,” or “Dad”) were like, then you would understand why I . . . !”   Or, “If you knew the school I went to, its teachers, administration, and how the other kids acted, then you would know why I act/speak/etc., the way that I do!”  Poor thing.

The two children are “different” because of how they (individually) choose to respond to their environment.  The married couple act so much alike because they choose to react to various things in a way that is compatible to both of them.   The wise man Solomon, said, “For as a man thinks within himself, so is he,” Proverbs 23:7.  So, we are who we are today because of how we choose to think! 


Much of what God’s word seeks to accomplish in our lives is to direct our way of the thinking.  The 10 Commandments, the words of Jesus, etc., have been given to influence how we think.  We learn how to think about God;“you shall have no other gods before Me,” “God so loved the world…,” etc., and how to think about others: “honor your father and your mother,” “Love your neighbor,” even how to think about ourselves; “Let us create man in Our own image,” “Let us not think more highly of ourselves than we ought to think.”

All of us, from time to time, need to “repent.”  The word repentance means, “to change the way we think.”  Changing our thought processes is the hard part.  Yet once we do this, our lives (i.e., words and actions) will naturally change as well.  So if you don’t like something about yourself, begin by changing how you think regarding that issue.

“Two men looked through prison bars, one saw mud, the other saw stars!” (Outlook Determines Outcome!)

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