Have you ever really wanted something, you wanted to go somewhere, be something, do something that was different than what you were doing, but yet you continued on the same path? Then before you knew it you were ten years older and still in the same condition, state or place that you wish you would have left earlier? We travel the same road, doing the same things, expecting there to be a difference?
Friends, change begins with one person and that is you. We cannot expect the road to change, but we can change the road we follow. I have heard people say, “Well that is just the way I am wired.” For example, we have a short temper, we say God made me that way. Did he or has that become an excuse for the way we act? The list for this could be long, you know, all the broken roads we are traveling and quite frankly, our rationalizations for traveling the broken road could be quite longer. The truth can be offensive to us and hurt us and stir up things in us that we really do not want to deal with because if we had to deal with it – well, then we would have to admit we were not perfect and right! Our pride may burst and what would remain?
The answer, a broken person who needs the potter to reshape them into the person that he intended for them to be.
“Yet, O Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay, and You our Potter, and we all are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
It amazes me how we expect other people to change. We think or sometimes think out loud with our mouths and list all the things someone else is doing wrong, yet we cannot look at our own reflection in the mirror and see the issues within ourselves. If we could turn our thoughts from listing the “wrongs” about someone else’s life and take inventory of the “flaws” in our hearts and minds, we would become more like who God wants us to be. I believe that we can be healed and we can be healthy of those things that lurk in our minds and hearts that clutter space and keep us on the same path in our walk of life. However, it takes us stopping in the path, turning from the broken road and turning around. (Check out: Identifying Skeletons in Our Closets)
“I will turn you around and lead you….” Ezekiel 39:2
Do you want to change? Do you want to do things differently? Maybe you want to stop being the short tempered person, turn around, let God lead you. Maybe you want to stop looking at pornography and appreciate the wife God has give you – stop, turn around , let God lead you! Do you have an addiction – food, shopping, alcohol or drugs? Stop – turn around, God will lead you! We will never change if we do not stop and complete a 180 degree turn and begin heading in a different direction.
What path are you on today? Is it one that leads you to a healthy heart and clear mind? Sure you want to do good, in reality we all do. However, we have this “sinful” nature, the lurking of evil that is prevalent and rapidly acquiring people’s lives. If we do not stand up against it, we will be overcome by it. Sure, the turn around process in thought seems big and hard. It may require more of you then you really are willing to give – BUT – if you would just turn your back to the broken road, God will come alongside of you and walk with you as you as you begin walking a new path, the path he has laid for your specific shoe size to walk. If we think we can do it on our “own” without help, you are right, it will be hard, difficult and too much to bear; but, if we ask God to help us, while we may struggle we will not become weary, we have a strong tower to lean on and show us the way to go. He will provide for our needs and be our strength in weak moments.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6