Our Go-To Behaviors

by Meredith Kendall

For years, my husband and I have taught churches how to respond in a biblical manner to those in the community who found themselves living in poverty. During the training, we explain about the mindset of someone who has grown up in this lifestyle, and that until their brain is retrained to think differently, their brain will always find the path of least resistance. Our brains are actually very lazy; they can spot patterns very efficiently, and therefore begin running off memory when they see something familiar. This is also known as our “go-to behavior”. 

My aha moment came recently when I was reading my Bible. God spoke to me and said, “You know, you live with a poverty mindset.” Hearing those words was so profound, I got out my journal and wrote them down. I then I started to pray, asking God to show me what He meant.

This started me on a journey of realizing how many times, while knowing God’s Truth, I don’t actually live a life to the fullest in those truths.

I can quote verses about how amazing God is and all I can do through Him, but it is just that, words that come out of my mouth.  Things I can regurgitate because I have memorized a few words. Just like those we have served in our ministry, until they retrained the pathways in their brain to take a different route, they would find themselves making the same decisions over and over again.

I have a couple of favorite verses that I like to meditate on, but the main one is from Ephesians 2. It says that we are God’s masterpiece, and that He created us anew in Christ Jesus.  Why did He do that?

So we can do the good things He has already planned long ago. 

Growing up, I was told I would never amount to anything. I heard that over and over again, so I unfortunately lived into those lies. What I felt God was telling me recently is that I have been living a spiritual life of poverty. I read Scripture and believe the statements that I am a masterpiece created to do great things, but my go-to behaviors usually win out over what I believe to be true. I am having to retrain my thoughts to believe and live out Ephesians 2:10.

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago (NLT).

Has God said something similar to you? Start today retraining your thoughts to live up to the words the Lord has said about you.

This article is brought to you by the Advanced Speakers and Writers Association (AWSA).

About the author: Meredith Sage Kendall, is a change agent, driven by her God-given passion to equip struggling families to achieve their unique God-given potential. As a nationally recognized sales leader, Meredith learned how to build bridges and make connections with the heart of what people need. God called her to co-found Advancing the Gospel which serves those who are often forgotten. Today she uses her giftings to help people understand the root causes of their struggles and find freedom through Christ. Visit her online atwww.meredithsagekendall.com.

Join the Conversation: What is your go-to behavior that you wish to change?


2 thoughts on “Our Go-To Behaviors

  1. Beautiful blog, Meredith! Rewiring our brain is something the Holy Spirit is able to do with us. It’s not for the faint of heart. But, oh!, what freedom comes with it! Thanks for you’re fascinating and practical perspective!

    And, I love your title, an “Agent of Change.”


  2. I need to rewire my brain in some areas both spiritually and physically (such as in my writing style).For 35 years all my writing HAD to be in the facts only tell mode due to my job. I now have to rewire my brain to “show, not tell” as I write my book.


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