It wasn't my New Year's Resolution for 2016 to "do difficult things" (because that's my life motto) but this morning I put this little number together, without supervision or help.
It's nearly standard human default to "hate change." And I'm one that is change-resistant. Yet I have a friend who LOVES change. When I whine about a disruption, she says, "Things change all the time."
Simple words, but so true. They DO.
God wants us to change. He didn't deliver us from sin for us to just stand there, still wallowing in it, or just skirting the edges of it, giving it dirty looks. God's power is transformative. He changes us when we are willing to be changed. We can only conform to His Likeness with Holy Spirit power.
Sound zany? What's this Holy Spirit talk? Have you tried to change on your own? Or worse, resisted change, insisting you are just fine the way you are, thank you very much?
It's been my rather challenging experience that if you ask the Lord to show you one thing you need to change, He happily will answer that prayer. That's the bad, embarrassing news. Suddenly, you see the ugliness of an attitude or behavior. But the good news is God can change it. Often, it is a tough habit to break, but God's strength and resolve sees us through. Sometimes the changes are seemless, as God heals a past hurt - the pain that was there is just gone.
As 2016 just begins, be open to change. Run right into it. Choose to do difficult things. Just be sure you are hand in hand with Jesus.