When there needs to be a change – change yourself!
That reminds me of a quote to live by: you can’t control how others act; only how you react.
So before you react, think! Try to put yourself in your neighbor’s shoes and try to understand what they might be going through to cause their behavior. We are so quick to jump to conclusions and judge someone else before understanding the full picture or reflecting on why they might over react and how we can change to help.
It is so easy to look at the speck in your neighbor’s eye rather then take the plank out of your own (Mt.7.5, Lk.6.42).
What plank is standing in the way of you living out your divine purpose?
What is it that you need to change?
Perhaps, a change from criticism to encouragement or from being hopeless to being full of hope. Choosing joy instead of sorrow.
Today ask God what can I change to be a better version of me and a better servant for You.
What plank needs to be removed?
What is lurking in my heart that needs to change?
Maybe a hidden sin you don’t want to come out into the light. Ask God to take the desire to sin away and put it behind you. Expose it and let the Light of the Lord take it away.
Daily strive to be better than the day before and when there needs to be a change – change yourself!
But the reality is we can’t completely change ourselves alone, we need God’s help.
Yes, we can’t save ourselves, we need a Saviour to do that.
We are sin-infected, sin-contaminated (Is.64 MSG), and our best efforts are all in vain. But, we can change with our Father’s help.
To do this, we need to say: “Lord, You are the potter and I am the clay. Mold me and make me a better version of who I am today.”
If you do this, you will..
Now go be the change you want to see in the world by first changing yourself if need be.
*inspired from a sermon based on Isaiah 64 (btw)
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