Over the holiday season with a little too much time on my hands, I ended up watching a British thriller series called “The Capture.” It was a pretty fascinating look at how videos can be manipulated to manufacture evidence.  The second season took a slightly different turn, as it was about using both video and algorithms for political gain.  Sounds like a reality show!  Anyway, what jumped out at me was the sinister plot to use the algorithm to predict the future outcomes of elections.  I started to think of how our OWN internal algorithm is built around false identity and trauma in our lives and then tempts us to react in a pre-planned way to all future, challenging circumstances.  What this show (and most of us) did was forget that God sent the Holy Spirit to guide us away from our own sinful patterns in life, so we don’t need to follow the predicted route.  We can choose a new route and travel it with the Holy Spirit!

Romans 12:2 (NLT)

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

So, What… for This Week?

How are you programed to think about future challenges?  Are you going to keep doing things the same way and expect different results?  We all know what that leads to (INSANITY). Start leaning into the Holy Spirit each and every day. Remember, the Holy Spirit is not just some ethereal cloud hovering around, but the THIRD person of the Trinity.  Yes, start thinking of the Holy Spirit as a person that will walk with you and guide you out of your set patterns and help you make new patterns that will take you on a new adventure toward a hope-filled tomorrow!