Day 13: Dare to Surrender to the Process of Change
No one became who they are today without first going through various trials and obstacles. Neither can you become the person you want to be without first facing your fears and ridicule of this world and maybe even those you love. Is the process worth it? Absolutely!
The greatest leaders, the Christians we look up to and admire, the disciples, even Jesus faced adversity and hardship along their journey. They didn’t give up, they powered through, they leaned on and depended on God for the strength to keep pushing forward. They kept their eyes on the prize, the ultimate goal. Were they discouraged at times? Of course. Did they cry out and complain? Some more than others. But they would not be the people they are today if their lives had taken a much easier course. Everything they faced molded and shaped their character and they came out stronger because of it. The same God that carried them through will also carry us through, and He is waiting to receive us when we reach the finish line.
“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.”
“Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”
“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.”
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”