August 22, 2017

Five Minute Friday: Change

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in Five Minute Fridays, but today’s word is a huge thing for me, and I just *had* to write about it. If you’re unfamiliar with Five Minute Fridays, here are the rules (as set by Lisa-Jo Baker):

 

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. And then absolutely, no ifs, ands or buts about it, you need to visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments. Seriously. That is, like, the rule. And the fun. And the heart of this community.

 

It’s a great way to get to know other bloggers, to build community, and to fellowship with each other. And really, you don’t even have to be a blogger to enjoy it. You could write a note on facebook, or send an email out to your closest friends, or even just write it for yourself in a private journal. It will make you think. And give you something to mull over during the day. But for now, here’s my five minutes on the word:

 

CHANGE

As I headed out the door for my morning walk yesterday, I was congratulating myself with how easily I’d adapted to a new routine. It marked 2 straight weeks of higher activity, dedicated workout sessions, and less feeling lousy and unenergetic.

And then this morning, I got up and noticed a few big typos on my blog post, and decided to fix it before I did anything else. Which meant I ended up staying on the computer, sucked into reading blogs, checking Facebook, and composing my #fridayfollows on Twitter.

So much for change, right?

Then I saw Lisa-Jo’s word for today: change. And as I pondered the last two mornings, and how easy it was to give up something I really want to make a long-lasting habit, I realized something.

We cannot change on our own!

No, not even small things like a morning routine. We simply cannot do it by ourselves!

We need accountability. People to check in on us, to motivate us when we’re feeling lazy or weary. People to cheer us on, offer advice, and put things bluntly when we need to hear them.

And even more than that, we need to rely on Jesus Christ for every little thing. Even something as little as getting up at a regular time. {I don’t know about you, but that’s a hard battle for me. I refuse to use an alarm if I’m not leaving the house. So I keep trying to train my “inner” alarm clock.}

If I hope to change anything at all, I need to bathe it in prayer. I need to rely on the power of my God, who makes His strength known through my weaknesses (like my lack of energy). I need to constantly be seeking Him, praying in everything without ceasing, continually refocusing my thoughts upon His words of truth.

If I hope to change anything at all, I need to listen to the Holy Spirit. I need to keep my heart and mind pure and open to His whispering. Because He only speaks in a still, small voice that’s often far too easy to ignore.

If I hope to change anything at all, I must first realize that I cannot do it on my own. I need God, and I need God’s people.

TIME’S UP!

 

“Do not be anxious about anything,
but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
let your requests be made known to God.

I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

And my God will supply every need of yours
according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 4:6, 13, 19

 

QUESTIONS for YOU: What comes to mind when you consider the word “change”? What are you trying to change right now, that you need to seek the help of others? What do you need God’s help to change?

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Comments

  1. I could’ve written the first half of this post! (My relationship to God and the way I behave as a christian are different though, I think. But that’s a whole other topic, which I might write about someday). I really agree with you on the difficulty to build a long-lasting habit. I’m glad you found a way that works and makes you happy. Change can be so liberating!

  2. I’m building new habits … I completely understand giving up the “I want” for the long term healthy choice!
    Blessings.

  3. I really enjoyed this. AND I’m amazed that you’re able to write all that in 5 minutes. I’m a fast typist, but a really slow thinker. 🙂

    • Thanks Liz! I might be a little off on the “5 minute” part… once I start typing, the words just kind of flow faster than I can think. Only for 5 Minute Fridays though! 🙂