If we want serious change in our lives, there is one serious question we need to address: Who am I?
Why do we need to answer this question? Because if we answer it honestly, we will have a good idea if we are on the right track to a better, healthier life.
Maybe we have allowed others to define who we were with terms like ‘convict,’ ‘drug addict,’ ‘absent father,’ ‘prostitute’ and so on. Or maybe we try to be like someone else or affiliate ourselves with the environment we grew up in or the types of people we associate with, like a gang.
If we want to change, we need to change how we identify ourselves.
First, we cannot believe the lies about us and who we are. Sometimes we allow circumstances to define who we are as well.
In order to change who we are, we must want something great and believe we are something greater. We must realize our worth. The first step to real change is to simply change the way we look at ourselves.
Secondly, we need to understand that perfection is not a realistic goal to set for ourselves. No one is perfect, but we need to see ourselves as the goal. God has a plan for each of our lives and that is what we need to focus on. When we make a mistake, we need to get up and keep going.
Lastly, ask yourself, “Do I desire change?” It’s one thing to say you want change, but if you really don’t mean it, nothing will change. What do you desire in your life and what actions are you taking to obtain those desires?
“For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”Jeremiah 29:11
Action: Take some time this week to reflect on the things you have believed about yourself. Do some soul-searching and ask yourself if you have the desire to change.