Five Ways to Overcome Dead End Thinking

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Devotional

Too often, we make intentional choices that lead to unprofitable consequences.


I don't mean unprofitable in the financial sense. I mean unprofitable in the meaningful sense. Those choices lead us down paths and into roads that lead nowhere. The only time it's acceptable to follow a road to nowhere is when you live on a cul-de-sac!


Sometimes we follow our ego; at other times, our pride leads the way through thick and thin despite every outward indication that we are headed in the wrong direction.


As humans, we tend to be proud, independent thinkers. The problem with independent thinking is that it may lead you along a path to nowhere that could be avoided by asking for direction. Doing things the same old way and expecting different results is dead-end thinking.


God challenges us to go beyond dead-end thinking. If we're going to flourish in life and thrive at work, we must be dependent on God to shape our thinking (and therefore our behavior).


The Apostle Paul's letter to the Roman believers challenges us to "Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think." These are compelling words that hold the promise of powerful outcomes.


What choices do you find yourself making that lead you to dead-end thinking instead of relying on God to show you the best pathway for your life?