A pop up on my computer said Java was ready to update. Okay. After it finished a final window popped up to say that Java would prompt for future updates. On the bottom of the window it read, “See the instructions if you want to change this behavior.”
I laughed at how it was worded. I never thought of the workings of my computer as behavior.
But isn’t that true for us?
When we want to change a behavior we often look for instructions.
There are instructions on how to quit smoking, lose weight, stop drinking, change thinking patterns, stop chronic lateness or stop eating ice cream with a fork.
There are many different ways to go about change, but the way of change isn’t as important as who we ask to be behind that change.
God tells us in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us.
True and lasting change comes from Christ. He sent us his Holy Spirit. Without it, change will most likely be fleeting.
So How Do We Go About Change?
~First, we must be motivated to change. We’ll never be willing to act without motivation. The Bible tells us to be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
When we change our attitudes, we can change our actions.
~Second is to believe that change is possible. If we believe we’re too old to change, or we’ve always been this way or the roadblocks are too great – then we’re believing lies.
~Third is to seek God through prayer and reading his Word. Ask him to support you and help you.
Ask him to help you replace bad habits with good ones, negative attitudes with positive ones, destructive choices with purposeful living.
Be open for ways that He is working in your life.
God often places people in our path who will instruct us and help us through change, whether it’s a change of personal behavior or a life altering change of circumstances.
~Lastly, be patient.
Growth and Change Take Time
If I compare photos of my perennial garden in spring to ones in late summer – the change is amazing. But the minute changes from day to day aren’t as noticeable, but they’re still happening to produce the wonderful transformation of growth.
We’re never too old to change for the better and grow.
When you are through changing, you are through. ~Bruce Barton
Yolanda DeLoach (@YolandaDeLoach) is a member of Wesley UMC and through her writing, tries to remind herself to keep life light.