LIFE’S STORMS PROVE THE STRENGTH OF OUR ANCHOR
I like the definition I once heard Howard Hendricks give “A belief is something you will argue about. A conviction is something you will die for!” Our convictions determine our conduct. They motivate us to act in certain ways even when doing so may be costly or inconvenient.
A person without conviction is at the mercy of circumstances, unstable and easily manipulated. If you don’t determine what’s important and how you’ll live, other people will determine it for you. Carl Jung once said, “the world will ask you just once who you are and if you don’t know, the world will tell you.” A person without conviction is a weak, jellyfish type of individual who mindlessly follows the crowd. I believe Paul was talking about conviction when he said in Romans 12:2 “Don’t let the world squeeze you into its own mold, but let God remold your mind from within...” (Phillips)