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Saturday, May 14, 2011 6:57 AM

Growing Stronger through Change (5)

Saturday, May 14, 2011 6:57 AM
Saturday, May 14, 2011 6:57 AM

SATURDAY, MAY 14, 2011

"Let us strip off every weight that...trips us up." Heb 12:1 NLT

The Psalmist said: "I'm awake all night-not a wink of sleep; I can't even say what's bothering me" (Ps 77:4 TM). Is that the way it is in your life right now? If so: (1) Let go of what no longer works. There are trade-offs. For everything you gain, you usually have to give something up. The trouble is, we hate giving up what we do well. So we focus on "doing things right," end up not doing the right things, and wonder why we don't succeed. When your season changes, be open to a new strategy. Letting go of what doesn't work anymore frees you up to focus on what does. And more importantly, to focus on what God wants you to do! (2) Don't let change paralyze you. In new situations our first inclination is to slow down, play it safe and buy ourselves time. But often we just fall further behind. Being overly cautious makes you freeze like a deer caught in the headlights. The Bible says that God "gives power to the faint, and strengthens the powerless" (Isa 40:29 NRS). So trust Him and move forward, instead of giving in to the impulse to just do nothing. (3) Approach the future with confidence. Recent events have us all on edge, but as a child of God you can say, "I can lie down and sleep soundly because you, Lord, will keep me safe" (Ps 4:8 CEV). The truth is, you can't build a decent argument for living in fear; so trust God, adjust to reality, and live each day to the fullest!

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