Thursday January 4, 2018 Changing

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.  Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.  Romans 12:2

I often wonder about the changes that I have made in my life to become the person that I am today.  I know that I have reacted to circumstances and allowed forces to shape me.  Sometimes these were not really the best influence.  I look back on my early days in business when I was so worried about advancement that I was often harsh and even too demanding of those who worked for me.  In my middle years, I mellowed and tried to be generous to those who were working alongside me but the pressures of owning my own business often did alter my behavior.  After losing everything, I finally realized that God’s will for me was good and pleasing and perfect when I could accept it.

Transforming myself took being stripped of the material things that opened my eyes to what really matters.  God does not look at the job titles but how I treat those around me.  Having lots of stuff does NOT make me happy or fulfilled.  Awareness and involvement in the causes that allow me to be God’s hands and feet to those less fortunate opens my path to grace and light.  He provides plenty of ways for me to understand myself and His will for me when I just look for them.  Learning to KNOW God’s will is what I am called to and will change me into the person HE wants me to be.

Fitting into the world is NOT what God calls me to do.  He has led so many saints to do His will and they were looked at askance and even ridiculed for what appeared to be odd behavior.  The Lord invites me each day to change the way I think, so that my life is dedicated to His will, NOT my own.

Lord help me to always listen attentively for Your call.  I seek to learn Your will for me so that I will be good and pleasing to You! 

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