I can’t believe we are already three months into the new year! Now is the time to check in and see how ya’ll are doing on your New Years resolutions. Are you going steady, or flopping miserably? Don’t worry, it’s never too late! Let’s focus on how we can continue to transform, evolve, and become better versions of ourselves.
Change begins with a simple thought. A desire; and ends with action. A continuing path of positive transformation.
Change is no easy task. Most people are comfortable living the same way they’ve been accustomed to for years. Change is a risk people don’t want to take. Nobody wants to step into unknown territory. It’s too scary. However, unless you take that giant leap of faith to the other side you’re stuck wondering, am I doing the right thing? What if I fail? You’re certainly not alone. Just because you’re too scared to modify your life isn’t a good enough reason to forget it altogether.
How Can You Begin the Process of changing?
Attitude. (Philippians 4:13) You should make a change because you want to. Not under the influence of anyone else. If you believe you can, then you’re already halfway there. (Mark 9:23) Confidence goes a long way. Say to yourself, I can do this!
Priorities. (Matthew 6:33) Time to revise your priorities. Who and what are the most important aspects of your life? Are you currently making them a top priority? Make a schedule. Be consistent. Set aside days and times to commit yourself to these priorities. Weather you’re going to the gym, learning a new hobby, setting aside time for your spouse and kids, or spending time with God.
Motivation. (Matthew 19:26) Show your passion. Where does your motivation come from? Stop doubting yourself and making excuses why you can’t and shouldn’t make a change. Focus on striving for progress, not perfection. Identify people you know who have made changes similar to the changes you are making, reach out to them this week, and ask them these two questions: What is/was the biggest lesson you learned through your change? and What has been the biggest benefit to making this change?
Purpose. (Romans 8:28) It’s aways beneficial to act with a purpose. If you’re struggling with changes in your life, particularly unsure of what to do in a certain situation, think about this; will this offer meaning and purpose to my life? Am I able to endure and overcome the possible challenges? Weigh the pros and cons, and determine how a specific change will affect each area of your life, while remembering the scripture psalm 32:8
Accepting Help. (James 4:7) If you’re seeking to change bad habits, such as, drug and alcohol abuse, weight loss journey’s, or other addictions, do not be ashamed. The professional assistance is there for you. You deserve to be happy just as much as everyone around you. Overcoming our struggles is a part of life. Our obstacles shape us into the person we are meant to be. Do not let your failures rob you from the joys of tomorrow.
Rewards. (1 Peter 1:8-9) Making changes comes with rewards. Big ones. The changes you make can lead to stress-reduction, better sleep, structured living, and overall happiness. Remember life is more about the journey, not the destination.
So, what are you waiting for? Gather the courage, stand up today, and make a change! (Joshua 1:9) End an unhealthy relationship, quit a bad habit, be adventurous, get a drastic new hair cut, start a new hobby, travel, redecorate your home, go to church, or write a book. The possibilities are endless! Be the caterpillar that transforms into a beautiful butterfly.
“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17)
Join me in prayer:
Change me Lord from the inside out so that I do not worry about things that may never happen.
Rather help me to focus my mind on what is good and lovely, and give others support and encouragement they need.
Lord, I know I can never change on my own, but I know that when I allow you to work Your good work through me I will show Christ’s love in my life and not my own selfishness.
Thank you Lord for Your grace toward me.
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