Thursday, July 16, 2015

A Change for the Better

Why does it seem that children grow and advance, but adults seem to stay the same?

I think about the children I know at my church. I've watched them grow--not just physically, but in wonderful accomplishments--from birth to graduation from high school and to graduation from college. They put in a lot of work within those 13 to 20 plus years, and they have much to show for it.

One day a reality hit me! They have quickly grown, while I have seriously slowed down in my growth. After taking a personal inventory, the truth arose to top like an ice cube that floats on the surface of a glass of water. I stopped learning, while the children advanced in learning.

Don't get me wrong. This is in no way a put down. It is simply an observation, and answer to a question. The question is, "Why haven't I done many of the things that I dreamed about doing?" It is because I stopped learning. Why? Life happened. Responsibilties began to take priority over extracurricular activities. Then, at some point along the way, I stopped dreaming. Frustration and disappointment set in, and I began to settle for less. The truth is, even though it has come to this, it doesn't have to stay this way. I can start something new, a new chapter in my life. With God's help, things can change and will change.

2 Corinthians 3:18 says,
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Today, I choose to begin again. Won't you join me. We can change together by doing those things that the Lord has desired for us to do. Think about those things that you may have thought about and laid aside, because the timing wasn't quite right. One thing I realized, you can do all that you've desired to do. You just can't do it all at once. You can list those things and prioritize them. It could be that one thing can be started this year, but another thing can't start until next year. That's okay. You can take it one day at a time. Just begin.

Thinking of something that you can begin and complete within one year, what is it that you've always wanted to do?
  • Memorize scripture
  • Run a marathon
  • Teach a class
  • Become more benevolent
  • Learn a new language
  • Learn certain recipies
  • Write a book
One thing I've always wanted to do is become fluent in French and Spanish. I'm going to begin with French, and then move on to Spanish next year. I'll begin by watching movies in French and emersing myself in the language.

Won't you join me, by setting your personal goal. Let's go through this year together.

Just remember, in order to have different results in your life, you must do something different. Through growth in your relationship with God by reading the Bible and praying every day, we can surely live a more fulfilling life.

Don't be afraid to fail. God is with you to help you accomplish your dream. Let's make a change for the better!

by Carolyn Bridges

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