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Stuff You Can Change – and Stuff You Can’t

“Is that really the way you talk?” the woman asked with a little chuckle.

I was preaching at an out-of-state event and meeting some of the leaders in the church. “Yep,” I replied. “This voice is all mine!”

I guess the woman had never heard a real-live Texan before. We do have a certain accent, that’s for sure.

I’m stuck with this voice. It’s the only one I have, and I can’t change it. You know, there are so many people who try to change what they can’t, and believe they can’t change the things that they can. For instance, counseling offices are full of couples who want to mold their spouses to their liking. You can’t change a person. They themselves have to decide to change.

On the other end of the spectrum, there are folks who feel they can’t change things that definitely can be changed. Ever met someone who bemoans the fact that they can’t meet their goals, yet they neither write down an action plan nor practice the discipline to get there?

Here are things you can change: your attitude, the way you spend your time and money, a job, bad habits, the people you hang out with, your beliefs.

Here are some things you can’t change:  someone else’s beliefs, what people think of you, the past, the entire world, God’s love for you.

So stop trying to change things that you can’t, and start working on the things you can. You’ll be a lot happier, even if someone along the way thinks your voice sounds funny.

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