Tag Archives: change

I’m Pressing On in Christ

http://bible.com/72/php.3.13-14.hcsb Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, I pursue as my goal the prize promised by God’s heavenly call in Christ Jesus.

Someone once said change is difficult. However, that perspective is generally directed toward those being asked to change. I have discovered personal change is not simply difficult rather it is an excruciatingly painful process.

I have a comfort zone in every area God confronts and changing remains frightening. I now realize that change challenges my beliefs, paradigms and emotions. Change demands I accept the fact that what I have been is no longer a valid philosophy for where I’m headed. Change doesn’t involve just habits; change involves my mindset. Breaking out of my comfort zone then is really breaking out of old patterns of thinking. Patterns I have relied upon for over 59 years must be shed as a snake sheds its skin in order to grow.

Thus, I join Paul in stating that change is a constant “press.” I must put pressure on those stubborn, clingy, ideologies that hinder my growth. I am pursuing the destiny God intended for me before the foundation of the world. What an exciting challenge that has been and will continue to be.

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From a Caterpillar to a Butterfly

What did the caterpillar feel as the cocoon slowly engulfed its body? Metamorphosis is a scary proposition. Trust in God has to be firmly established in order to surrender to such a process.  And that’s why it doesn’t happen overnight.  Salvation is instant but sanctification takes a lifetime. Therefore, it’s important to be patient with oneself.  Even the cocoon took time to transform the caterpillar.  When your transformation seems problematic or unusually delayed, trust the God of the process.  God has designed the process to fit your true self.  For God loves the caterpillar just as much as God loves the butterfly.  God loves the you you are now just as much as the you you are becoming.  So love yourself and love the journey.