’21 Days to Change’ | Day 14
We’re two-thirds of the way to our goal.
Congrats on making it this far!!
I found a poem, and wanted to share it with you… because I think it gets at the “guts” of change that I’ve talked about before.
We need to be willing to do our part in seeing change come about.
CHANGE by Kranthi Pothineni
Many says, I want change
Want change in my time
Want change in my life
I want a change badly
I want change, many say
They pray for a change
They wish for a change
They look for a change
But they will not change
They just wait for change
It never happens to them
It will never ever happen
By mere prayer or wish
It must start from inside
With tons of determination
Change is not so easy
It takes lots of time
So it needs determination
The will to make change
The will to see change
Then only things will change
Then only time will change
Then only life will change
So go and get change
To see the bliss of change
Of course, what the poem leaves out — that we’ve talked about here before — is that God has His own part in change.
We are called to do our part, and we need to allow God to do the work — the change — that only He can do.
So the poem’s not theologically perfect… but I still like it! 😉
Here’s our scripture for the day:
From the Old Testament: Genesis 30:1-31:21
30: 1 When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!”
2 Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?”
3 Then she said, “Here is Bilhah, my servant. Sleep with her so that she can bear children for me and I too can build a family through her.”
4 So she gave him her servant Bilhah as a wife. Jacob slept with her, 5 and she became pregnant and bore him a son.6 Then Rachel said, “God has vindicated me; he has listened to my plea and given me a son.” Because of this she named him Dan. Keep reading…
From the New Testament: Matthew 10:1-26
9: 1 Jesus called his twelve disciples to him and gave them authority to drive out impure spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.
2 These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (who is called Peter) and his brother Andrew; James son of Zebedee, and his brother John; 3 Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; 4 Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him.
5 These twelve Jesus sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel. 7 As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give. Keep reading…
From the Psalms: Psalm 14
1 The fool says in his heart,
“There is no God.”
They are corrupt, their deeds are vile;
there is no one who does good.
2 The LORD looks down from heaven
on all mankind
to see if there are any who understand,
any who seek God.
3 All have turned away, all have become corrupt;
there is no one who does good,
not even one.
4 Do all these evildoers know nothing?
They devour my people as though eating bread;
they never call on the LORD.
5 But there they are, overwhelmed with dread,
for God is present in the company of the righteous.
6 You evildoers frustrate the plans of the poor,
but the LORD is their refuge.
7 Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion!
When the LORD restores his people,
let Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad!
From the Proverbs: Proverbs 3:13-15
13 Blessed are those who find wisdom,
those who gain understanding,
14 for she is more profitable than silver
and yields better returns than gold.
15 She is more precious than rubies;
nothing you desire can compare with her.
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.
Remember, change is a dance with God — each playing our own (important) part.