08 October 2019
The Right to Change ~ Ruts and Habits
Greetings Dear Reader,
We all have habits we wish to drop or change. They are not all bad but they are not what we wish to do or become as our journey progresses. We resolve to change or be different. We determine that we are going to change and perhaps we tell people close to us our plans.
There will be supporters and detractors. We will have friends who encourage us as we work at change and becoming our better selves. They will cheer our victories and some will even gently hold us accountable as we work at change. Then there are those who will not believe that we can change our habits.
We all know those who excel at offering doubt and unbelief when we wish to change. They offer their negative opinion and are ready to bet against us. They may even point out why we will fail and what failures of the past prove it. They see our past as a determinate of our future.
Now that we have a clear picture of the problem, we need a mirror. We need to look and see if we give people encouragement and room to change. I need to be sure that even those who have the worst habits have dry ground to change in my eyes. There must always be a space for them to grow and improve. If I have forgiven and am treating others with love and grace, I will give them space to change.
That, however, is not enough. I must be always willing to cheer them on and be supportive of their desire to change. This does not mean that I try to change others. It does mean that I pray, support, and believe that through the Father anyone can improve and become better.
The habit of seeing the negative habits of others as immutable denies the power and love of the Father to guide others into being their better selves. It is the very reason for love and grace as a foundation. We must make room for others to change. I must see the need in others and create space for them to grow. It must be one of my acts of love to see the potential and nurture it. I have had to change habits to perfect this Dear Reader. It is worth it.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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