Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Change



I am the way I am, I just can't help it. I'm fat because of genetics. I am an addict because of a predisposition. I'm rude because I am a female. I'm abusive because I was abused. I hate others because I've been hurt. I hold grudges. I steal. I procrastinate. I'm always late. I sin... I can't change who I am. 

Bull crap.

I agree that people rarely change. But it isn't that they can't change. We have to ability to change... to better ourselves. The reason we can't change it a lack of desire... a lack of follow through... a lack of commitment to change. 

Change isn't easy. In fact, changing something that might define who you are may be the most difficult thing you ever do. 


But change is necessary if we are ever to become the individuals that God created us to be. 

How do you change? 

You start small. You pick one are of your life that needs to be changed to focus on. And then you pray. You get help from a friend or pastor or a counselor. You read books that encourages you in your desire to change. You consult experts. You make a plan. When you mess up, you don't quit. 

The things in your life that are holding you back... that is not the way that God intended for you to live. 

You will never be perfect... but why aren't we striving to be? 

Romans 12:1 And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice--the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him.

The very least that we can do, is to offer your life as living sacrifice. To stop being so focused on the things that make you the way you are, and to start living your life to be pleasing unto God. And this is the LEAST that you can do.... 

You can change. You can be better. You can give up those things that break God's heart. You can stop living your life held back by who you think you are and start living your life the way that God intended. 

The question is do you want to? The question is are you up for the challenge?  It won't be easy, but God has so much more in store for you. 

"They say a leopard can't change its spots. But we're not leopards. We are humans. Our defining characteristic is our adaptability. We adapt to survive. My point is: we CAN to some extent, change our spots..." -Tom Hiddleston 

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