Stumbling, but Still Walking

As I leafed through one of my 2008 calendars — and I admit that I have three of them this year — I filled in appointments and special events, but I also focused on the changes I’d like to see in my ministry, my job, my family, and my health. I’m ashamed to admit it now, but I did not think much about the changes that need to take place in me … in my character.

An anonymous sage once wrote, “It is strange that while praying, we seldom ask for a change of character, but always a change of circumstances.” Why is it that we think that altered circumstances are all we need to change the direction of our lives?

Everything is a matter of a surrendered, obedient heart. God wants to transform us into the pure image of His Son (Romans 8:28-29). Romans 12:2 tells us that change occurs in our minds through the power of the Word as we exchange our lies for the truth of scripture and live in freedom according to the truth (John 8:32).

I don’t know about you, but I get discouraged in my journey with God. Sometimes I walk forward in confidence in Him; other times, I trip and fall. It’s a two-steps-forward, one-step-back experience. But I desire with all my heart to cooperate with God in changing me through the choices He leads me to make.

C. S. Lewis once wrote, “If we only have the will to walk, then God is pleased with our stumbles.” I’m reminded that Peter sank beneath the waves when he took His eyes off of Jesus (Matthew 14:28-31), but surely Jesus must have smiled to see Peter step out of the boat!

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