Change is good. That’s what they say. Whoever they are.
We change our diets. If we have to. We change jobs. Some people change spouses. We can even change our gender. On the outside, at least.
We change to try to please others. To get in their good graces. To get on their good side.
We change the color of our hair. We change our weight. We change our zip code. We change.
I remember a couple of changes I made. Not big changes. Petty ones, really. I remember when grocery stores switched from paper bags to plastic. I resisted. I didn’t want plastic bags. The funny thing is. I got used to them. Now I’m told that plastic is environmentally unfriendly. Stores are returning to paper. I find myself resisting again. I’ve changed.
When paper towels became available in full and half sizes, I resisted. I wanted the full size. Now I only buy the ones with an option. Full or half size. I sometimes feel that I’m being wasteful if I use a full paper towel when I only need a half size. I’ve changed.
I used to drink pop. Now I don’t. I used to eat sugar. Now I don’t. I used to take naps. Now I don’t. I’ve changed.
So we can change. We just don’t want to. It isn’t easy. It isn’t fun. It upsets our routines. We’re set in our ways. But we can change. We just have to want to. We have to work on changing.
What changes do we make just to make our life easier? What bad habits do we stop doing? What bad words do we stop saying? What bad attitudes do we correct? What gossip do we stop spreading?
What changes do we willingly make? What is the good we intentionally start doing?
There are some changes that I resist. No matter what. I just don’t want to change. It just seems too hard to change a bad attitude. That would take work. And will power. It’s hard to love the unlovable. Those who treat us bad or bully us or reject us. But we can love them. Love is a choice.
And I will give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit in you. I will take out your stony, stubborn heart and give you a tender, responsive heart. Ezekiel 36:26
If I listed all the changes I’ve made in my life, would I even be able to list one character flaw that I’ve worked to change? Do I expect God to forgive me and then me not be willing to change?
Isn’t maturity a sign of change? Isn’t change a sign of maturity?
Look at Paul. I mean Saul. Saul changed. God called out to him. And Saul changed his life. He changed his behavior. He changed his motives. He went from hunting Christians to being a leader of Christians. He changed his name. Paul changed.
The soul that’s in tune with God. That truly loves God will change. Will want to change the old for the new. Old attitudes for new. Old beliefs for new. Old ways for new. Perhaps old friends for new. It’s possible. It can happen. Our hearts can change. Our hearts must change.