Why do I give a slight grin when I hear this phrase. Maybe I have used it all too much before. Maybe I believed that there are certain things…negative things, that ought to be changed in me but at some point gave up on them because I accepted them as truth.
I remembered listening to a financial podcast from Dave Ramsey a few months back and one of the things that was stuck in my mind is his confident declaration that life- our lives, is not a snapshot- it’s a filmstrip. Where you are now isn’t gonna’ be the same tomorrow. It can either become worse or better- but it depends on how you see things and how you act based from that perception. I rephrased his statements a lot, but that’s how I understood his point. Isn’t it true not only in finances, but in who we are in general?
How many times have we made excuses addressed to ourselves or to others, who simply desire a positive change in us. To the people who believes in our capability to change- then in one second we drop them this bomb. “This is how I am, so stop trying to change me!”
Partly true perhaps. Maybe circumstances, experiences, people have molded you the way you are today and some negative words have become the truth you believed in- but what if…What if there’s a God who longs to reach out to you. What if there’s this God who knew you from the start, who has been watching you all along and has set a moment where you would encounter Him in the most weirdest way, and through His words, written in the bible, spoken through other people, you would change. He longs for all of us to change. He longs for us to leave the identity and try to live out the real purpose He has for each one of us.
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. [Ezekiel 36:26, NIV]
That is how you are going to be, not until you encounter the ONLY force who is capable of changing you from the inside out. When you do, you will know that it is not through human efforts that your life has changed.
“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? [Jeremiah 23:29, NIV]
For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. [Hebrews 4:12, NIV]
Yes that is who you are, but that is not how you are going to be forever. When a mere human being like us encounters an unstoppable force who is God-I doubt if you can deny the change. He means it, He died for it.
Change, Ezekiel 36:26, Hebrews 4:12, Jeremiah 23:29