Be The Change
The start of a new year is usually the time when many people make new year’s resolutions. Quite often, they make the same resolutions year after year. By now, their resolutions have fallen by the wayside. It’s been said “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” People want change without heeding to the requirements of change. Instead of making resolutions, my goal this year is to “be the change” I want for my life. This demands my participation and cooperation.
Change implies choice and choice precedes change. Good intentions don’t lead to change. You’ll only be better when you do better. God won’t do all the work. He empowers His children to overcome the struggle to change. We are called to participate in our transformation.
The Bible says in Isaiah 43:19, “Behold, I will do a new thing.” For the new thing to occur requires a dogged determination not to drag your old mindset and baggage, negative habits and tendencies, and toxic relationships into 2023.
I admit change isn’t always easy. The womb of transformational change can be an uncomfortable place. I’ve come to understand that change is a process in which I must persevere through failure, doubt, uncertainty and combating circumstances.
II Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away, behold, all things are become new.” Becoming a new creation demands perseverance through tough times and challenging situations. Perseverance is crucial because meaningful change only occurs with the process of time.
What will you do differently in 2023 to facilitate needed changes in your life? The choice to change must be followed by doing the work change requires. You might be saying, “But I’ve failed at this so many times before.” The catalyst for authentic change is embedded in Romans 12:2 which says, “Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The mind is renewed through the power of God’s Word. Read, study, and meditate on God’s Word daily so that the content of the Word impacts your choices and behavior. Set aside time each day to sit in God’s presence. Nothing can be in God’s presence and remain the same.
This is your year to work on becoming your best self. I encourage you to do the work your change requires. Trust God during the process. And when you do, watch the power of the Holy Ghost transform you into more than you ever imagined you could be. It’s time to be the change!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson, Rhema Inspirations
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