The Process of Change
Every year Americans spend over 40 billion dollars for weight loss products. There are pills, shakes, teas, specially prepared meals, and lotions targeted at men and women, and more recently at children, to shed those unwanted pounds without much effort. The disclaimer for this route of weight loss should be: without a permanent lifestyle change, any weight lost during the routine, will come back, and with a vengeance. The main goal of weight loss programs should not be to see the weight come off as fast as possible, but for it to come off and stay off. This will only be achieved by a shift in your thinking, and with hard work and discipline.
Change is a process. It begins with a willingness to develop yourself in a specific area. You may want to be more patient, loving, forgiving, confident or less judgmental, negative and critical of others. Whatever change you would like to make, you must make the choice to become better and commit to becoming better.
…let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people;then you won’t become weary and give up. Hebrews 12: 1-3 NLT
We have a great example of One who was so focused on His goal, that He did look for an easy way out, but endured the hardship, shame and pain and for the eternal gain. The road to Calvary was paved with sorrow, but the joy of the victory and what it meant for humanity eclipsed any negative emotion experienced. Are you willing to choose to lead the life you were born to live? It’s not easy to get to victory, but you are worth it.
How can you make a change for the better that lasts?
- Choose an area that you know needs work. What have you wanted to change in your life, but didn’t know how? Which areas cause you to become frustrated and upset?
- Educate yourself. Scour websites, books, articles, videos, sermons, etc. that deal with the issue. Use your Bible concordance to find Scriptures that address the issue and write them down. Meditate on God’s Word daily.
- Commit to prayer and godly wisdom. Be completely honest with God. Tell Him that you want to change and why and ask Him to direct you to a godly mentor that can help you in your journey.
- Reflect on your progress. Every process needs to be evaluated. You can journal to see if your reaction to situations has changed. Talking aloud in an empty room also helps. Whatever you do, don’t get down on yourself if you make mistakes, they are part of the process.
Challenge: Choose one area of your life that was your biggest challenge in 2011. Write it down. Have you attempted to change it? What were your biggest hindrances? Name three things you can do to see victory in that area. Are you committed to the process?