Ever go through a season where you need change? Maybe you rearrange your furniture. Maybe you chop your hair. Maybe you look for a new job. Recently I’ve found myself wanting some habits in my life to change but feeling frustrated when week after week they did not. My husband read a book recently that challenged the routine of life. The author’s point was that no one will change your life for you. You are the only one that can author the changes. I know that is not a radical new concept that the world has never heard before. We’ve all probably heard that 100 times over. However, this time it stuck with me and has brought significant change in the areas that I’ve applied it.
For me, this started with my devotions. This past year, consistent time with the Lord was hard to accomplish when Eliza was a newborn. As she got older, the inconsistency in my quiet times continued. By that point, however, inconsistent quiet times had become the habit, and it was easier to keep stay in that rut than find ways to make changes.
I said more times than I can count that I needed to get back in the Word. I included it in my daily to do list, and although that did help a little bit, putting it on my to do list, didn’t provide a major change. It wasn’t until I finally faced the cold reality that there was no excuse I could offer to justify my lack of devotions. I wasn’t doing my quiet time regularly because I wasn’t making time for it. No amount of “I need to’s” or “I’ll get back in the Word tomorrows” would change that. No one was going to wave a magic wand and give me 25 hours in a day instead of 24.
So, I’m doing the changing. I’m re-arranging priorities. I’m initiating changes in my life instead of waiting for my life to change. I'm learning to focus on progress rather than perfection. I've found that as I make progress in my “small” goals, my “big” goals don’t seem as far off because I'm building new habits that work towards my goals.
So let me ask you the question that I’ve been asking myself recently ….
What’s stopping you from making the change?
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