As I was talking with a friend during this Thanksgiving break, I realized how much I like helping others but, sometimes to a fault. You can only help others that truly want help. It doesn’t matter how much you may want to see Gods best for someone, if they cannot see it and want to make real change in their life there is nothing that you can do.
Real change starts and ends with an authentic relationship with Jesus and His people. Over the years, I’ve had to learn some lessons the hard way, but I’m glad that God wastes nothing! Because of what I have experienced, I know that if God can continue to transform and make me better, He can do the same for anyone.
Crying, venting, sharing... They can truly give you a release, but only partially. The truest form of relief that I have found comes from being honest with myself and God, and then doing what He directs me to do. It’s often not pretty or easy, but if you want to live a fulfilling and blessed life, honesty about your habits, hang-ups or issues is key. Your past does not have to define you. That’s why Christ came to earth. That’s what makes this time of year soo sweet, not our circumstances, but the One who came to save us from all sin, hurt, and shame. He came so we could live abundantly and free from anything that would bind us.
God created us to have meaningful, and authentic connections. People that love us without judging but “call us out” in love when we need it are true friends. Real friends truly love us and have our best interests at heart and want to see us receive God’s best for our lives.
Without accountability often times we don’t get as far as we can on our own. All of our goals, whether spiritual, career wise, or any other area, will benefit from being submitted to an accountability partner. I’ve read more books, completed courses, exercise sessions, and most importantly grown in my walk with Christ because of genuinely participating in having an accountability partner. It’s a game changer!
So, if you’re like me or you’re the one that needs to make some changes, start with prayer. Then ask God for courage to act on what He tells you to do. Starting is the hardest part. But remember that you’re never alone!
“Trust in and rely confidently on the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.” -- Proverbs 3:5 AMP