Why do I continue to beat myself over the head with the club I had intended to use on others? Resentments skew my perception of reality by overpowering the peace and serenity God has given me and replaces it with pride, self-pity, fear or all of the above all at the same time. When was the last time you became angry at a co-worker or secretly hoped your ex would beg you to come back (but only after you had that rich gorgeous fiancé.) Perhaps a minor irritation from an inattentive driver throws your morning into a tailspin, creating the day that never ends and you need happy hour at lunch to make it through the rest of the day.
The old ways of reacting to life do not work when you reach for Jesus and commit your life to his teachings. Where before you may have judged, most certainly justified and probably blamed others for the hardships or excuses for inactivity or flat-out failure, the goal now becomes growing up the capacity to love, no matter what the circumstances warrant.
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
To pick up a new life, a new way of reacting, it takes intentionality on our part…daily thoughtfulness of God’s word. How can you say you are following God’s will if you are not taking the time to read, pray, listen, experience? The blessings in life cannot happen unless we accept them and accept that we need to work for it.
“With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may count you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may fulfill every good purpose of yours and every act prompted by your faith. We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you and you in him.” 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12