’21 Days to Change ‘ | Day 6
Happy Super Bowl Sunday to you!
As we move towards the end of the first week in our ’21 Days to Change’ challenge, I’m curious to know… What changes in your past are shaping the way(s) that you currently think about change itself?
Do you have negative associations with change that are linked to pain, loss, a tough season of your life — or the life of your family — or the life of a good friend? Is change linked in your mind and heart to death, divorce, moving as a child or something else that turned your world upside down — that forced change upon you — and is now making it difficult for you to see change as a potentially positive thing?
OR, have you experienced some of the benefits of change in the past… have you gone through an experience (positive or negative) and been able to experience the growth and fruit of going through change? Even if you’ve got positive associations with change, it doesn’t mean that the next time an opportunity for change comes around (like this one) that you’ll be excited to jump right in.
Being aware of how we feel and think about change can help us to know how best to navigate the waters of change… and that can be more significant that we realize!
Here’s our scripture for the day:
From the Old Testament: Genesis 13:1-15:21
1 So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, with his wife and everything he had, and Lot went with him. 2 Abram had become very wealthy in livestock and in silver and gold. 3 From the Negev he went from place to place until he came to Bethel, to the place between Bethel and Ai where his tent had been earlier 4 and where he had first built an altar. There Abram called on the name of the LORD. Keep reading…
From the New Testament: Matthew 5:27-48
27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. Keep reading…
From the Psalms: Psalm 6
1 LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath. 2 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony. 3 My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long? 4 Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love. Keep reading…
From the Proverbs: Proverbs 1:29-33
29 since they hated knowledge and did not choose to fear the LORD. 30 Since they would not accept my advice and spurned my rebuke, 31 they will eat the fruit of their ways and be filled with the fruit of their schemes. 32 For the waywardness of the simple will kill them, and the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 but whoever listens to me will live in safety and be at ease, without fear of harm.”
And a prayer to close:
Our Father, which art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy Name.
Thy Kingdom come.
Thy will be done in earth,
As it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
As we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
The power, and the glory,
For ever and ever.
In what ways do you need to change the way(s) you think about change?