Each day when you look into the mirror, do you like what you see? Whether you do or not, you are merely looking at your physical self on the outside. However, have you stopped to take a look at what dwells on the inside of you? If you haven’t, then you should do so. You might just need an inner self-inventory. Some of us aren’t so pleasant. We are grouchy even if someone says to us, “Good Morning,” or “How is your day.” Some of us are selfish, do not want to do anything to help anyone else, are always taking, but never giving, are always criticizing and never complimenting, complain about everything and never stop to see the good in anyone or anything, and never want to try anything new because we are too set in our ways and feel there is no reason to change.
Each day that we live should be an opportunity to experience newer and greater things.
Don’t be afraid of change because it could free you from excess baggage that you don’t need to carry around. Lamentations 3:22-24 (ESV) says, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’” Change has three steps. First of all, an individual has to realize he needs to change. Then he must have the desire to change. Finally, he must ask God to help him change. First John 1:9 (ESV) tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” One reason why some of us cannot see the need to change is that we feel that we are always right, and everyone else is wrong. Another reason is that some of us are afraid of change. We must realize “…God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7 ESV). Once we accept and realize this, change is inevitable. We must be able to like what we see about our inner selves so that we can help others and be true witnesses for Christ. Remember that as believers, eyes are always on us to see how we interact with others. I leave you with a story this week that shows the one place where many of us need to change if we say we are true to our Christian faith. It has a powerful message, and I pray that all of you will get it, and then share it with others. This anonymously written story is entitled, “The Visitor.”
“One day, a man went to visit a church. He arrived early, parked his car, and got out. Another car pulled up near him, and the driver told him, ‘I always park there. You took my place!’
“The visitor went inside for Sunday School, found an empty seat, and sat down. A young lady from the church approached him and stated, ‘That’s my seat! You took my place!’