TUESDAY, MAY 10, 2011
"Under pressure...your faith...shows." Jas 1:3 TM
The one thing we can count on in life-is change. We try to resist it but it says, "Ready or not, here I come." In order to grow stronger through change we must: (1) Give up. Don't be an escape artist, trying to avoid the stress that accompanies change. There is no escape; change is inevitable. Stop regarding it as an enemy and make it your friend. Only when you decide to ride the horse in the direction it's going, will you get to where you need to be. (2) Wise up. When we're hit with sudden change, our "fight or flight" instincts aren't very good at handling it. But there's a solution. By entrusting our lives fully into God's care and asking for His wisdom, "he takes us firmly by the hand and leads us into...change" (Ro 2:4 TM). God loves us the way we are, but He loves us too much to leave us that way. (3) Toughen up. Somebody quipped, "If it wasn't for stress, I'd have no energy at all." Stop and take inventory. Are you making it harder on yourself than it needs to be? Are you speaking faith or fear? Are you convincing yourself you can't handle the changes? Are you ready to give up without even trying, or trusting God? If you're struggling to make sense of the situation you're in, read these words: "Under [the pressure of change], your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don't try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed" (Jas 1:3-4 TM).
Published on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 @ 6:09 AM CDT