71_1112005142510Sunday at the end of our service, I mentioned that when I first got into recovery many years  ago they explained that doing the same thing and expecting different results is the definition of the word “insanity”. That off the cuff comment has led to several discussions this week  with folks about various aspects of their lives. I’m the kind of person who probably spends too much time wondering why things do or do not happen.  I wonder about people. It seems like some folks never change, while others seem to flip flop with the shifting wind.

Many of us spend great quantities of time thinking about making tweaks in our lives that require change of more or less degrees. We can talk a good game, but we also know that most change is going to involve pain for us and often for others.  It is miles and miles from talk to action. Sadly, many of us don’t make it that far. Quite often, when we began the journey of change, we may have to pull some scabs off.  When you mess with a scab, you bleed a little and sometimes stuff oozes out, but a while down the road you feel much better.

Occasionally I will become a bit introspective, noticing areas of life that I need to do differently. Most often they are simple adjustments like rearranging my office; sometimes they have been foundational shifts in how I do life. In the last several years, my changes, both major and minor have served me well.  I expect that maybe you have some areas of your life that need some attention too.

Perhaps it is the area of anger, resentment, pride, rigidness,   or envy.  Maybe for you, it has to do with remorse or shame or guilt or fear that someone will find out and won’t love you anymore.  It could be anything, but I expect we all could do with a few changes. Perhaps you need to do what I did.  Say, “God I’ve had enough, I’m powerless over me”. I found that God isn’t powerless over me or any problem in my life. If we are willing to allow God to work his changes in our lives, then a while down the road, there will come a morning when you look into the mirror, you will see the man/woman you always wanted to be. Only through change does that miracle take place.

Something to Think About

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