Every year, scores of people around the world make “New Year’s Resolutions.” They are often broken within the first 30 days of the year. It is often not because of tools, availability, or even schedule conflicts. Many times the culprit is simply the lack of desire to “REALLY CHANGE” so people end up “REELING IN CHANGE!”
We in America (especially), just constantly want more and more. I must confess, I am way too often guilty of this. With this desire for more (of almost everything), we truly lose the value of “Really Change” and begin “Reeling in Change.” Change hurts and it often costs more than we are willing to pay. You have probably heard the quote, “Change only happens when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than change itself!” The absolute fact is we want Real Change, but we can’t outlast the Reeling in Change phase–so we stop REALLY CHANGING!
Psalms 139:23 & 24 says, “23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
I love this passage! I love to pray this passage–okay sometimes are easier than others! I really desire to change, and the only way to REALLY CHANGE is to have God begin to alter the things in my life that need be weeded out!
Proverbs 4:23 points out, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”
As you start your “Resolutions” or “Goals” or “Life Changes”…whatever you call them; this year, take some time and let God look inside your heart. Let Him test you. Let Him point out anything in you that offends Him (if it offends Him, it ultimately hurts you).
Then start your 2019 leg of the journey to “REALLY CHANGE”!
Guard your heart from there on out, because it will then keep you from “REELING in CHANGE!”