Stumbled Lately?
As we turn the page in our pursuit of change I want to open the discussion to the cycle of change.
If you're anything like me, you have made the commitment to change and you've done pretty well for the most part, but... you've stumbled. Perhaps you find yourself lapsing back into old habits and behaviors. Maybe you feel as if you've stumbled to the point of falling flat on your face.
Well friend, I'm here to tell you that I've stumbled a bit myself.

We've made the first step to change: We recognize we need change.

Now we're onto the second step of change: We stumble and even fall.
Okay, so we've stumbled a bit. Big Woo!
It's not like you've walked off the end of a stage in front of hundreds of people(Oh wait, I've already done that! Really I did. And I jumped right up and got on with it!).

So now, what are we going to do?
We're going to pick ourselves up and get right back to work.
Friends, everyone falls, but those who get up and get right back to it, are the ones who are successful in their change.

I'd like to rest on this second step to change for a bit and would love to hear your thoughts.


Blogger Terrilynn said...

Thank you for this much needed reminder of Gods eternal and unconditional promise - "The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning." Lamentations 3:22-23 NLT

Blogger Kathleen said...

When I think of change, I think of how God never changes. He is a God of order. Perhaps it's so difficult to change because we long for consistency and order, even if it's inconsistency and disorder. God's consistency and dependability is built on the truth that He never changes, and is always consistent with his Word.

As human beings, however, we are not perfect like God. So he calls us to change, and to cooperate in the process of transformation, which is painful, unsettling, and stirs feelings of insecurity.

These feelings are stirred when challenged to let go because holding onto the old is not secure and settled in the way God intends. He wants our security, trust, and dependence upon him and him alone.

Therefore, like Jacob, we wrestle with God, which is not a bad thing. The Lord showed me that only those who love God bother to wrestle with God.

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