When You Want to Change
The theme “change” has been prevalent the last couple years, especially inner change. I’ve consumed more sermons, books, webinars, and talks more than ever before. I’ve spent a lot of time reflecting. I don’t think it gets any easier reflecting on oneself—truly looking within and realizing the things one needs to change, unlearn, or relearn.
But like a lot of people, consuming information is simple. I not only consume, I also do well at retaining information. But after receiving information, what do I do with all this information? How do I execute change? How do I start or where do I start?
I was cleaning my makeup brushes the other day—the first time in over a year. I had a good amount of brushes that needed to be cleaned, and it took time to fully wash each one thoroughly. Sometimes to clean off the dirt, oil, and makeup on the brushes, I had to scrub and swirl the brush more than once to thoroughly clean it. I couldn’t rush the process. I had to clean them individually patiently.
As I stood in front of the bathroom sink swirling one makeup brush at a time, I realized then that in order to change, I had to focus on one area at a time. I can’t rush the process of change, especially inner change. The process is going to be difficult and long, and it’s going to require consistency, prayer, and intentionality.
I’m not always a patient person when it comes to progress or process. But God continues to show me His timing is always right. I’m learning what it means to truly delight in the Lord and delight in His Word. He’s revealing to me that I need to trust His process. He’s decluttering & shaping my heart. I need to only trust and obey.
Everyday I’m realizing something different: a new practical step to take, a new habit to form.
The process of change is not easy—it’s not unicorns and rainbows. It’s difficult emotionally & mentally. It requires a lot of honesty about flaws and imperfections. It requires a lot of transparency and facing all the hurtful parts of my past.
Whether you share my faith or not, remember that if you’re looking to change, you’re already on the right track. The very first step to change is realizing you need to. The next step is identifying what you want to or need to change first. Then, finding the right help you need to actually start.
Remember that change may be slow, which means results will be slow. But keep going and don’t give up. Who you are today is not who you were yesterday and it doesn’t have to be who you will become tomorrow.
Sometimes change doesn’t have to drastic. It can be as simple as wanting to be more patient, or wanting to have control over our anger, or wanting to make our bed every morning. Whether you’re on an intentional journey to make certain changes in your life or not, keep doing your best.
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