“I don’t like my job.”
“I don’t like my body.”
“I don’t like my house, my friends, my money situation.”
“Why can’t things be different? When will things change? I’ve been waiting for things to get better, but it seems they never will… why?”
People ask me these questions all the time. People are always trying to change the world around them, but without success. Why?
Ever heard the saying, “everywhere you go, there you are again”?
One thing we need to realize is, the only constant in our lives is us. Leo Tolstoy once said, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself.”
We want our circumstances to change, but few of us do the one thing that will change those circumstances: seek to change ourselves. Usually we hear of this idea every January for New Year’s resolutions. But after about a month, they fade away. Why is that? Why is it so hard to change?
Isaac Newton’s First Law of Motion states that a body at rest will remain at rest unless an outside force acts on it.
God’s Law of Change
Something bigger and stronger than you must act upon you for you to change. For years, I’ve seen men who want to be better fathers, husbands, or workers but they just can’t seem to change. I’ve met young women who want to live their lives without compromising their moral standards, but the pull on their affections just keeps getting them into trouble.
But there is good news.
The greatest change agent that has ever existed is Jesus Christ. He is God in the flesh. Since his death and resurrection, He has been changing people who had tried everything else in life to change themselves but couldn’t do it.
Here is how it happens:
- When a person believes Jesus is who He says He is, and they submit to Him, they are changed.
But to all who believed him and accepted him, He gave them the right to become children of God. John 1:12
He gives the power to become something else. The power to live a different life.
- The change Christ brings allows you to think differently about yourself.
…but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2
When you think different, you act different. You begin to live out this other life that is “good and pleasing and perfect.” Then God becomes a perpetual help to you. Instead of you “turning over a new leaf” only to fall back again, God’s love and commitment to you never fails.
God [is] our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1
The permanent change we want comes from Him, not us. What a blessing!