To be honest, I had to look up who William James was, I just needed a quote to fit this devotional 😉 and this suited the purpose well. As the quote implies changing one’s mind nearly always results in a change in one’s life. So the question begs to be asked is changing one’s mind ALWAYS proper.
Like a True Christian, the answer to that question should be simple and straightforward, NO. Right about now you may be thinking what, wait a minute I change my mind about things daily. We and the author of the quote are not taking minor decisions like what to eat or wear. We are talking about Worldviews, your closely held set of beliefs and principles that guide you through life.
The Holy Bible like the American Constitution is not a “living” thing. It is not evolving with the times, it was written with a set of rules (commandments) and precepts (principles prescribing a particular course of action or conduct of those commandments) and they have never and will never change. Neither should we unless, of course, you are counting the change from non-belief/non-follower to believer/follower.
Proverbs 4:23 Keep your heart with all vigilance, for from it flow the springs of life.
Romans 8:6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.
Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
We (True Believers) are to Colossians 3:2 (AMP) Set your [our] mind and keep focused habitually on the things above [the heavenly things], not on things that are on the earth [which have only temporal value]. We must have a constant Biblical Worldview that does not evolve with the changes in the world around us.
One final note, praise God that He never changes, that His Grace and Mercy in redeeming us never changes.