People don't want to get rid of their defects of character Steve, they want to get rid of the problems those defects cause while holding on to the defects themselves. That is why they aren't willing to have God help them rid themselves of their personal defects. It is like the old Russian proverb: "everyone prays that 2 + 2 will not equal four." They don't want to change causes, they just want to escape consequences.
Hearing that made me think. It reminds me of when I tell my six year old to apologize and she doesn't mean it. The "I'm sorry I have to apologize" look, if you know what I mean, rather than the "I'm apologizing because I'm sorry" that I want.
The comment gave me an interesting way to look at motives, problems and change and what it means to want to change or to be willing to change.
Speaking of changes, my parents have decided to change their address and move to Plano. They are getting older and will need help, and we can use the love. Yes, I admit it, I love my parents and really enjoy having them around. The time they spent out here at my oldest daughter's graduation was really neat.
I'd never expected that they would want to move, none-the-less think about it and I do look forward to it. They were pleased with me, at least with the amount of weight I've lost (funny, I think I've gotten more positive feedback on losing weight than anything else I've done, even at work. JL was commenting on how she could be just about ABD on her PhD and people would notice how thin she was over that. It doesn't just happen to adult women, it happens to 50 year old guys too).
May you have good changes in your life. (Which reminds me, http://inmedias.blogspot.com/ needs an update -- he's had good changes after all).