A letter was returned to the Post Office. handwritten on the envelope were the words, "He's dead!" Through an oversight the letter was inadvertently sent to the same address a second time. Again it was returned to the Post Office with yet another message: "He's still dead!
Let's be honest; most of us resist change. We desire improvement but we don't want to pay the price for it and that's a problem, because
We will never become what God intends us to be by remaining what we are!
It's not enough to be open to change, we need to pursue it.
If you're serious about changing your life, Dr. John Maxwell says:
- "Don't just change enough to get away from your problems---
change enough to solve them."
- "Don't change your circumstances to improve your life---
change yourself to improve your circumstances."
- "Don't do the same things expecting different results---
get different results by doing something new".
- "Don't see change as something hurtful that must be done---
see it as something helpful that can be done".
- "Don't avoid paying the ultimate price of never improving."
James writes, "When your faith is tested, your endurance gets a chance to grow. so let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing" - (James 1:3-4).
Character building is a slow process; it happens day-by-day. wherever we try to escape life's difficulties we short-circuit the process, delay our growth, and end up with a worse kind of pain---the worthless type that accompanies denial and avoidance. So, be open to change---and pursue it!
As a pastor I see many things, in many lives, and my heart goes out to all of you who are struggling with change. Change is good when done in light of God's word. I hope that if you are in this catorgory of not liking change that you would take another look at this message and say...
"I will begin to look at things in a different light" and I will embrace change in my life, for I can do this in the name of Jesus, Amen!
God bless all of you and have a great week, until we meet again.
- I love you -
God bless all of you - See you Sunday!
Pastor Steve Haynes
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