Thursday, August 28, 2008

Sometimes hard is... HARD!

As stated in the dictionary, the definition of change is "to make the form, nature, content, future course, etc., of (something) different from what it is or from what it would be if left alone." Change happens every day in different variances. We sit at a red light waiting for the light to change so that when it turns green, we can go. As women, we get up in the morning and change our appearance by fixing our hair and putting on makeup. We have changed from what we looked like at 6am to a more presentable person by the time we get to work. (If only they could see what we really looked like in the morning!) But change that's made on the inside of ourselves, the kind of change that deals with your habits, characteristics, and beliefs, well, sometimes that type of change is... HARD!

My habitual self makes it easy for there to be a routine of doing the same thing over and over, whether good or bad. For example, every day I habitually drive the same way to work. I know that I turn right out of my neighborhood and drive along a strip of palm trees. I then turn right onto the main road and drive for a few miles before I end up at my job site. About halfway through my journey to work, however, I know there is a police officer that always sits off to the right, hiding and trying to catch his next victim. I always check to make sure I'm going the speed limit when I pass him. It's a memorized routine that I could do without much thought. However, one day the city began doing construction on a section of that stretch which forced me on a detoured path. I felt very uneasy about the change because I thought it was going to make me late for work. It went against what I knew!

Making a conscious point to focus on doing something different than what we know takes a lot of strength and prayer. These changes I'm talking about are the ones done on the inside of our spirit and soul. I recognize that the changes I'm making in myself are not going to happen overnight, but rather take time to become a new habit. I can not do this on my own. I need the power of the Holy Spirit to go where I cannot go alone, to proceed me in things I need to do to make the change, and to speak on my behalf to those forces trying to hold me back in my walk with the Lord. Change is good, but change is hard! Romans 12:2 says, "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

May we all strive to be more like Him so we know what His will is for our lives.