I hate the process of change…all of it. Even when I try to stay motivated and positive I often just have my panic attacks, just somewhat more quietly. I’m reading this book..well more, reading a paragraph and then when I feel convicted, I throw it across the room. It’s about change…and accepting it, and even more so, embracing it, or even more more so, capitalizing on it.
But really, it’s an everyone problem. We don’t really want to change. We want the perks, the benefits, the effects of change, but we don’t ACTUALLY WANT to change. Change is painful, change is uncomfortable. We like our traditions and our habits. We are content with our ways.
The moment someone challenges us, our ideas or the way we’ve always done things, we go on attack. We must protect ourselves from the uncomfortable, the painful. We tear others down, we attack their character and their credentials. We stand solid on our very old ground, not only embracing our traditions, but defending them.
As we face changes and new ideas, and even new possibilities, we marinate in the ideas of how it was, or how it should be– if only.
The Pharisees. They argued with Jesus, and questioned his authority. They trashed his character, and twisted truth and refused to listen because they were …
Jesus. He brought a new message of freedom. He brought people out of the trash and gave them, not character, but righteousness. He revealed truth and listened to the hurting. He brought the authority of heaven to earth. He challenged the ways, the culture, the theology of the time. He made people
Where are you? Are you in a place where you like comfortable and traditional? Is it too hard to exercise? Too difficult to have that needed disagreement with your spouse? Afraid of how your kids will respond when you set those boundaries? So it’s just easier. It works, somehow. But not everything that works is right… and even if it’s not “wrong” …. it’s not always God’s best.
Our goal in life should be God’s best…and God’s best for us in the transformed life. A life that is daily being renewed. He wants to renew our thoughts, and even our desires. Did you know that God can transform your desires? Your desires for smoking, or alcohol, or pornography? Did you know God can renew your marriage, and your relationship with your kids? God is waiting to transform every area of your life…but He won’t do it unless you accept the risk The risk of being uncomfortable. The risk of living in respect for God and not people. Do you really want that change?
I hope so. I hope you are willing to listen to the truth found in Scripture. I pray that you see that the results of the change, having confidence that the end result of the transformation will bring freedom and life…
and joy…not just happiness, but joy–real joy…
and love…oh! the love!
Jesus is in the business of change…If you want Him, want the change He can bring to your life.
Do you fight against change like I do?? What’s the hardest change you’ve ever been through? Comment and share!