when you and i think of this change of heart, about GOD doing that in our life there are some things honestly to get in the way. no doubt about that.
one of them is fear. “i’m afraid about what might be next.” GOD is a GOD who says you don’t have to be afraid. I’m going to take you by the hand. I’m going to lead you in a radical life change. I’ll be there every step of the way.
another thing that sometimes gets in the way is anger. we get angry at ourselves. we get angry at GOD. i’ve been speaking long enough and i know that sometimes you get angry at the person who is speaking. it’s like, “how did they know? did they read my mail this week? it’s not fair!” or you get this anger like, “did my wife call them and tell them to say these things?” honestly, only GOD could create the kind of feelings of potential change that are in your heart right now. we both know that’s true. only GOD could do that.
sometimes what gets in the way is procrastination. we mean to do it. we’ve got good intentions but we just get busy doing other things.
or sometimes what gets in the way is perfection. this feeling as i write about change you sit there and think, “i’d like to change that but then what’s the next thing? i can’t be perfect.”
listen, i know that none of us is perfect. i’m talking about growth, the next step. the apostle paul knew that he wasn’t perfect. even though he wasn’t perfect he made a pretty big impact on this world. even in the light of his imperfections he decided to give “one thing” to GOD. philippians 3:13-14 (nlt), i am still not all i should be but i am focusing all my energies on this one thing. forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead i strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which GOD through CHRIST JESUS is calling us up to heaven.
so don’t worry about being perfect. just take it one thing at a time and watch GOD grow your life.
just a thought from the front porch…