I love making New Year’s resolutions; however, I’m not so great enforcing the resolutions. Each resolution requires intentional change and that’s not always easy.
Three items make it to the list almost every year:
- Get organized.
- Lose weight.
The fact that these three resolutions continue to be on the list tell the story. I like to say, “I’m in process” rather than “I failed.” But. Changing “what is” to “what could be” is ultimately a choice. No one can make us change. Yet. We’re not alone. God is present in our change, opening the door to our pathway of change, providing strength to take the steps that will bring the change, and giving us the courage to do it.
We never fully comprehend what change will do for us until we take the first step and go through the door. Surrender is the first step. Sometimes, we become our own greatest obstacle to experiencing what more God has for us because of our resistance to surrendering, often precipitated by self-protection, self-preservation, and a desire to orchestrate our destiny. Surrender is about trust.
When we finally let go, releasing the things we defined to be necessary, surrendering everything to God, we’re free. And. We discover the things we refuse to release actually had a grip on us, holding us back from going through the open door. It comes down to aligning ourselves with the direction God wants us to go rather than staying stuck in our stuff. We don’t need a lot of strength to do it, but we need the will to be aligned with the will of God. Clarity to this principle is found in Revelation 3:
I know all the things you do, and I have opened a door for you that no one can close. You have little strength, yet you obeyed my word and did not deny me. (Rev. 3:8, NLT).
When we surrender, stepping through the opened door, we enter a life of endless possibilities, new beginnings, and divine miracles.
The miracle of change is often underestimated until it’s experienced.
- Step through the door.
- Experience the miracle of change.
Oh and by the way– I’m determined this will be the year I’m organized, lose weight, and exercise like never before!
Learning to Kickstart the day with God–choosing to change, surrendering, stepping through the open door,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)