I did it again. The one thing I hate doing. My daughters weren't playing nicely, and I was refereeing between the two. “Don't push your sister,” I said to my oldest. “If she does something you don't like, just come and get me, okay?” No response. I knew she was listening though, so I returned to the kitchen. I had several chores to do for the day and not enough time to complete them. It seems as if I'm at my weakest when I'm overloaded with daily demands. I should've known to be more careful.
Once in the kitchen for a minute or two, I began to hear screams coming down from their room. “Girls!” I yelled. They didn't hear me. The screams were getting louder, so I rushed down to the room. To my horror, both of them were either pushing, pinching, or biting each other. It wasn't pretty. “Stop it!” I yelled, pulling them away from each other. Instead of settling down as they usually do, they had the audacity to keep fighting. That's when I lost my patience and did the one thing I hate doing—I yelled at my girls. It wasn't the type of yelling used every so often to get their attention. It was the kind of yelling that made them jump. I got their attention, but I scared them in the process.
It isn't pretty when I'm at my worst. I'm sure you can relate. We all have moments of weakness and are desperately in need of change. With the new year now here, I'm sure you have several items on your list of resolutions, as I do mine.
But let's get something clear. Resolutions for the new year may not always work out, especially if we are reliant on will power alone. You may think you've changed a mountain in your life, but the change may only last a few weeks. Then, you are back to doing the same old things.
Change is also more than what you see on the outside. Change is internal and external. If I stop yelling at my girls, but I'm screaming at them inside my mind, no real change has occurred.
But listen. Here's our hope: God will transform us. Praise him that we [Christians] are not on the road to destruction! He will change us. It happens when we spend time with him (prayer) and in his Words (reading Scripture).
This week we will be studying about God's transforming work in our lives. In weeks to come, we will learn more specifically how prayer and reading his Words transform us. Please click here to download this week's reading guide. Let's begin by reading Monday's verse.
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV
As you read this verse, consider the following questions:
Who is a new creation?
How does this verse give you hope?
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