Do not be ashamed of your weaknesses
Humberto Rodrigues

Changing behavior requires effort, determination, and discipline, aptitudes that those who decide to alter their habits must develop. Numerous individuals attending the public meetings at Christian Rationalism sites intend to amend the way that they conduct themselves. They observe all that is occurring as they listen to and agree completely with the recommendations provided in the course of our public meetings. However, they surrender when faced with their very first obstacle, putting aside their willingness to change and failing to make the effort to step forward. These individuals simply do not trust themselves.

We recommend that individuals who desire to modify the way that they handle problems, behave, and perceive the world around exert the effort to succeed. They ought to discipline their own thoughts and prevent misguided ideas from ruling them. At the end of every day, they must reflect on their actions and their outcomes.

Each of us is constantly making decisions throughout the day—what to eat, how to dress, what time to leave, and many others—that are a part of our daily lives. Consequently, if we really decide to candidly change for the better, we must strengthen our spiritual willpower in order to eliminate what is not worth keeping inside of us, what is not truthfully worth feeling. On every occasion that individuals seek virtuousness in their lives they can only triumph because they enlighten their own existence.

After reflecting upon our lives, we should not be ashamed to name our weaknesses. In fact, we should confront them, understanding that if not conquered, they will hinder our spiritual growth. For this reason, it is in our best interest to be honest with ourselves, facing up to our difficulties through rational reasoning, determination, discipline, and, foremost, striving to succeed.

Those who aspire to change their behavior cannot retreat when they encounter their very first difficulty. Life is a daily practice toward spiritual enlightenment. Thus, those who are observant will perceive what is frail in their personality and what is being tested continuously. Many unwilling to examine their own mistakes will point out others’ faults and, when criticized, will not admit their own weaknesses, even if the criticism is provided constructively. It is therefore of utmost importance to be courageous in acknowledging our oversights and subjecting ourselves to necessary improvement through disciplining our frame of mind.

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