Change Is Needed, But Where Do You Start?

It is that time of year again.

The time when people are most open to making changes in their lives and open to letting others inside their mess to make themselves better. 

This time of year comes every year with a new-found hope.

A hope that this year (unlike years of the past) will be different. That you will be able to proclaim that you persisted and made your journey not one you just dreamed of, but lived.

Friend, do you have this hope for yourself? 

I pray you do! After all, there is not a single one of us that doesn’t need work. 

This desire for change comes not just from your own aspirations, but from your Creator. He too wants you to throw off your old self to be renewed in His image!

Ephesians 4: 22-24 says, “Put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.” 

You see, the desire for change is less about you, and more about Him. 

When you open yourself up to transforamtion, you are choosing to allow God to prune the areas of your life that keeps you from running the race He created you for (Hebrews 12:1-3). 

Like an onion that consists of many layers, your transformation journey also carries many layers. A pruning in one area will lead to a second, third, fourth, and fifth pruning.

Transformation is never a one-and-done deal, like many of us wish it to be. Rather, it is a life-long journey where God walks you through a process of pulling the sinful weeds out of you, as He slowly and deliberately makes you more and more into His image, to be used for His Kingdom, and for His glory. 

This transformational journey starts with an open heart and one baby step.

Taking Your First Steps

Step one to making transformational change is opening your heart to God, letting Him into your mess. 

This can be hard to do, but try praying this simple prayer everyday: 

Dear Heavenly Father, search my heart and show me where I need changing. I know there are a lot of weeds that are preventing me from being used by you. Open my eyes to these weeds. Lord, my heart is yours. Use it for your purposes. Amen. 

Your second step in making transformation change is identifying where your weeds reside. 

This can be accomplished in one of two ways: 1) Hearing God speak to you through the prayer you are praying above, and 2) Using the Wheel of Life worksheet.

The Wheel of Life worksheet allows you to take a holistic account of your life as you examine your wellbeing in the following areas: 

  • Friends and Family. 
  • Significant Others.
  • Personal Growth.
  • Fun and Leisure.  
  • Home Environment.
  • Career.
  • Money.
  • Health. 

Ranking each domain on a satisfaction scale of one to ten brings to light the domains most in need of attention.

Because this scale was obtained from The Coaching Tools Company (why reinvent the wheel, right?), it does not include key areas important to most Christians. Therefore, I would highly recommend you add areas such as spirituality and service to your Wheel to get the most accurate picture of your life's balance and individual wellness status. 

Once you have completed the Wheel, you have an idea of where your life is falling short. In the instructions section, there are fabulous questions to ask yourself.

I highly encourage you think through or journal around these questions before turning to God, asking Him for guidance on what weeds need pruning.  

If you would like a copy of the Wheel of Life worksheet for you to complete, please visit the resource page on my website!  It’s free! Instructions for how to complete the wheel are included, along with the descriptions for each category. 

Friends, living a full and abundant life begins by getting crystal clear on the area of your life most in need of change. You can do this through prayer, asking God to reveal your sinful ways, and by reflecting on all areas of your life through the Wellness Wheel.

From there, ask God to help you throw off your old self, so that you can put on your new self; one ready to run the race He has set before you. 

Praying you through,

Angie


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