Wanna know something about my marriage? My husband is my perfect compliment. We are similar in a lot of ways, but when it comes to thinking things through, I'm considered the dreamer and he's the logic behind my dreams. He tells me I have great ideas, and I tell him he makes my dreams come true. (Sappy, I know, but true.)
Since being in our house for less than a year, we have wanted to tackle several house projects. One of them was to paint our dining room. Before we were able to paint it though, we had the daunting task of stripping wallpaper. Ever stripped wallpaper before? I hadn't.
Here's where our differences came into play. When I looked at the room, I saw it complete in as little as two days. My husband, on the other hand, had experience stripping wallpaper. He also had enough experience to shed some logic on my dreams. Apparently, stripping wallpaper was the first step of the process. The wallpaper glue would then have to be removed. Afterwards, the walls would have to be wiped down, primed, and painted. I had no idea our project would be so involved. (Often it seems to go this way.)
When I dreamt about my transformed dining room, I saw it complete in little to no time. He, on the other hand, looked at the room and logically considered all the time and work involved. Thank goodness he did. If it were up to me, I believe discouragement would have settled in. I'm thankful to be married to a man who helps me consider all the details involved in my big pictures.
When it comes to the big picture of transformation in our lives, don't we also fail to recognize the details and the length of time involved in the process? I don't know about you, but I can pinpoint one area of my life I've struggled with for a very long time. And yes, I pray about it. I even have Scripture verses posted in various areas of my house. They have been up for so long, they might as well become plaques!
But still, I'll admit. I'm working through the same old struggle. Can you relate?
Change takes time! Don't be discouraged if you are not as far along in your new year's resolutions as you might have hoped. And those hard struggles you have prayed over many times? Keep praying! God hears you. He will transform you, but like I said, it takes time.
When I am discouraged about struggling with the same old struggle, I often think of how I was living a year ago. Yes, the struggle was still there, but over that huge amount of time, I can confidently say God changed me. All the details—praying and spending time with him—made a difference! I can see the change when I look back that far. God undoubtedly has done an amazing work in my life, and he will continue to do so, (Philippians 1:6).
So, my encouragement to you this week is this: Press on! Keep fighting for change in your life. Take the road less traveled—pray and spend time being renewed in God's Word. It makes a difference. You may not see a difference right away, but over time, you will.
This week we will conclude our study on change. Please join the study by clicking here for this week's reading guide. Let's begin by reading Monday's passage.
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:12-14, NIV
As you read these verses, consider these questions:
Think about the verbs mentioned in these verses. What are we called to do?
What do you think our “goal” is? (Look at verse 14)
In what area of your life do you need to “forget what is behind”? (from verse 13)
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