“COME TO ME with a teachable spirit, eager to be changed. A close walk with Me is a life of continual newness. Do not cling to old ways as you step into a new year. Instead, seek My Face with an open mind, knowing that your journey with Me involves being transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

This excerpt, from Sara Young’s “Jesus Calling”, for this first day of January really spoke to me.  The last year has been one of great change for me and many I know. It was filled with many emotional moments, teachable moments and calls for change.

I feel as though I survived 2015.

God was good and has been there, of course, every step of the way. However, as I sit this morning and ponder just how much I was actually there every step of the way. I think I was far too often a bit out of step.

I don’t know if you have periods like this, but I suspect that you do, that we all do. Times when we feel that we are not meeting God’s plan for our lives. Times when we feel that we are just trying to survive and not trying to think about thriving in the process.

Yet, we are not called to this form of living. We are called to life FOR Christ, not to survive With Christ. He wants us continually striving for something more. Looking forward, and striving for where He wants us, not surviving the world around us. We are called for a higher purpose.

Now, I say this in hindsight, as I truly feel that I simply survived this last year (and most probably the two preceding it). My strife has continually been work related. Others have had health issues, or family issues, we each have our “demons.”

Yet too we are all teachable and more importantly changeable. However, what I am learning is that striving in my own power is not, has not and will not work. I must allow Christ to work in, through me so that He is changing/teaching me and it is not of my own “work” that this change happens. In fact without Christ at the center of it, change will not come!

I have struggled for too long, maybe you have as well. Trying to do it in your own way, but not clearly looking for Christ to change you. To open yourself to Him changing that which must change first and be of Him; your mind and your heart.

This year, 2016, I am opening myself to His change, to His plan. I am tired of trying to “do” it myself.

Lord Change Me