I had a discussion about change today. It’s hard to change our spots. We sit, all entrenched in our normal, wondering why things aren’t changing. We keep doing the same thing over and over again, yet we expect something different to happen. Until we realize that we must be the catalyst for our own change. We know that things have to change, but we find ourselves repeating the past. We know we have been headed in the wrong direction, yet we keep on walking in the same direction. Changing our direction for the better is not as difficult as it sounds, but it does take effort on our part. We have to choose to make the effort and then get our butts in gear. Find a new group of friends who are committed to journeying with you as you head into your new direction. Get involved with a new group of people who are also attempting to change their direction; people who are interested in becoming a positive influence by changing their attitudes and reflecting Jesus to the world.
1 Peter 1:14-15 MSG “Don’t lazily slip back into those old grooves of evil, doing just what you feel like doing. You didn’t know any better then; you do now.”
Sitting on our couch and wanting to change doesn’t work. Looking back at all the what if's, could have been's, and should have been's doesn't work. Hoping that people with a positive influence on our lives people will suddenly appear in our life doesn’t work. Learn from the past, decide to choose to respond instead of react and move forward and pray. Talk things over with Jesus. Tell Him about the difficulties, the joys, the stumbles and the high points. Tell Jesus and talk to Jesus and listen to Jesus. Pray, ask for direction, wisdom and guidance and then move; we must decide that we are going to be the catalyst for the change in our direction. We have to make the decision. We have to choose something different in order to get somewhere different. Our best response is to respond to the will of God in our life and head in that direction. Change is hard, there is no doubt about it, but we are worth the effort. Just ask Jesus, because He certainly thinks so.