Inspiration

Change Something, Change You

"Let us examine our ways and turn back to the Lord." (Lamentations 3:40 MSG)

You can't change everything. But you can change you.

When your life feels like it's falling apart, knowing what you can change - and what you can't change - can make all the difference.

You can't change your past. You can't change your parents. You can't change the gifts and talents God has or hasn't given you. You can't change a handicap you've been given. You can't bring back a dead loved one.

You might as well accept all of those things. You'll start to find peace in the midst of troubles when you accept what you can't change. Otherwise, you'll make yourself and the people you love miserable.

There's much you can't change, but there's something important you can change: you.

When Jeremiah's world was falling apart, he wrote in Lamentations 3:40: "Let us examine our ways and turn back to the Lord" (GNT).

What's going on in your life that doesn't line up with what God wants? Depending on how we react, crises can help us as we learn to focus our eyes on what matters: Jesus.

To re-order your life God's way, it'll take some gut-level self-evaluation. You'll need to do an inventory of every area of your life. You'll need to take a look at your relationship with God, your spouse, your kids, and your co-workers. You'll need to look at hurts, habits, and hang-ups that may be bringing you down. Nothing can be off limits.

It's not easy. It can get messy. It's always tough to turn from sin even when it's tearing us down.

But you can't find healing otherwise. Healing apart from repentance can't last. When your world is falling apart, you'll be tempted to bemoan every area of your life.

That's a waste of time. You can't change everything - but you can change you.

And when your world is falling apart, that can mean everything.

Talk It Over

What one area of your life can you change right now that will make a positive impact on yourself and others

- Who can help you ask yourself the hard questions about your priorities, relationships, and secret sins as you take a spiritual inventory of your life?

 

Rick Warren has helped people live with hope and on purpose for more than 40 years. He's the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Southern California and author of several books, including "The Purpose Driven Church" and "The Purpose Driven Life," read by more than 100 million people in 137 languages. He created the PEACE Plan (plant churches of reconciliation, equip servant leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, educate the next generation), which is used by churches in 196 countries. His radio teaching and daily devotional, Daily Hope, is offered across America.

This devotional © 2013 by Rick Warren. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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