Change is difficult, change is hard on the nerves, and change is perhaps the single most important incentive to growth. Sometimes the only certain thing in our lives is change. We can encounter that change and cower in fear, we can simply roll with that change (letting it overpower us), or we can use that change to transform us for the better.

When I started this process in early February, I noticed a change in myself.

I had become intellectually lazy (I had almost stopped reading completely), I had become spiritually empty (my prayer life was practically dead), I had become financially lazy (engaged in a cycle of spending beyond our means on non-essential items), and of course I had become near hopelessly fat (my stomach jiggled when I brushed my teeth).

These things hadn’t happened over night. Each occurred gradually, the result of a long string of poor choices and bad decisions.

I took a look at myself that February day and said, “This need stop now.” I haven’t been perfect since then, I have spent money I shouldn’t have, missed bible study dates, and eaten deep fried food and calorie dense snack food. However, for the most part, 95% of how I live my life in all those areas has changed. Why did I do that?

Because I looked ahead and I saw an unwanted change coming. I looked to my financial future and I saw bankruptcy; I looked to my spiritual future and I saw the wide path that led to destruction; I looked to body’s future and saw heart attacks and diabetes. I didn’t like any of what I saw. So the choice was clear, wait for change, or begin the process of change (transformation) myself.

The process has been at times a bumpy road and at times quite difficult, but it has also been rewarding. I would advise anyone else seeking to transform their life that the change is worth it- the chance is worth it.

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Comments
  1. Angel says:

    youre still trying…Keep up the good fight!
    Have a super weekend !.:)

  2. mommyzabs says:

    i commend you for continuing the process even though you have hit bumps.

  3. timbob says:

    Greetings. Indeed things don’t just happen overnight as I can attest. A little here and a little there; just enough as to go unnoticed. Suddenly we find ourselves crying out that which is mentioned in Jeremiah 8:6 “what have I done?” I went through several years of being backslidden because of my own carelessness. I praise God for delivering me out of it, but I wish that I had been more careful in my earlier years. Thanks for sharing this testimony. I’m certain that it will encourage any who reads it and also bring about self-examination.

    have a blessed day in Christ.

    timbob

  4. krislinatin says:

    there is a picture dedicated to you on my recent post!!!! 🙂

  5. sandi says:

    So sorry for your troubles but somehow believe you will do very well in the end! Of course with a little building of hope and perserverance and faith along the way…. (((((HUGS))))) sandi

  6. Well, I may not need the weight loss transformation and hopefully not the financial transformation (yet!), but my spiritual transformation is ongoing, as should every Christians. Keep it up!

  7. All aspects of our lives could benefit from a constant transformation. Especially toward greater Christ-likeness. Our own financial goals are to pay down all our debts, get out of debt, and begin tithing more than 10%- increasing as God allows as high as we can go. Not just to our church but to multiple charities.

  8. Joni says:

    I was totally inspired by Sara Groves’ song “Less Like Scars”. Don’t know if you’re into her genre of music but the words are very powerful…hear the song on http://www.saragroves.com/lyrics/allrighthere/lesslikescars.asp

    “It’s been a hard year • But I’m climbing out of the rubble • These lessons are hard • Healing changes are subtle • But every day it’s…

    • Less like tearing more like building • Less like captive more like willing • Less like breakdown more like surrender • Less like haunting more like remember

    • And I feel you here • And you’re picking up the pieces • Forever faithful • It seemed out of my hands a bad situation • But you are able • And in your hands the pain and hurt • look less like scars and more like character

    • • Less like a prison more like my room • Less like a casket more like a womb • Less like dying more like transcending • Less like fear, less like an ending

    • And I feel you here • And you’re picking up the pieces • Forever faithful • It seemed out of my hands a bad situation • But you are able • And in your hands the pain and hurt • look less like scars •

    • Just a little while ago • I couldn’t feel the power or the hope • I couldn’t cope, I couldn’t feel a thing • Just a little while back • I was desperate, broken, laid out • Hoping you would come

    • And I need you • And I want you here • And I feel you… • • And I feel you here • And you’re picking up the pieces • Forever faithful • It seemed out of my hands a bad situation • But you are able • And in your hands the pain and hurt • look less like scars • And more like character

  9. Dannysh says:

    Did Jesus heal you now, Mr. Totalitarian? 😮

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