Three short days until we ring in the new year.
As we press forward to a new year, our thoughts cannot escape the past year. Although we want to put 2020 behind us, we must not rush through the next few days.
To grow, develop, and transform, we must understand what we learned from our current circumstances.
Here’s a few things I learned this past year:
- Anxiety and stress plague me, and I have to make a conscious effort to ask the Lord to remove them.
- I can’t fix every situation.
- Perfection is a myth, but excellence is what we strive for.
- God’s blessings are all around us.
- God’s provision meets my needs, not my wants.
- When I miss my daily Bible reading, my day is thrown off.
- Lack of sleep leads to poor decision-making.
And the list goes on…
Christ transforms us from the inside out, and Paul says,
“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”Philippians 3:12
The butterfly is a beautiful reminder of God’s transformational process in our lives. These beautiful creatures take time to mature and grow inside their cocoon before it’s metamorphosis is complete.
It’s beautiful when it enters our world and looks nothing like what it was before – just like us.
Christ changes us. Whether you have been a seasoned believer for 50 years or accepted Christ yesterday, our transformation is continual.
The best part about the Christian walk is the finish line – heaven. Our journey may involve many peaks and valleys, but we learn something that transforms us.
Sometimes we are better, and other times we are not.
Remember, our transformation is never complete until we see our Lord face-to-face, but the more Christ is in us, the more we look like Him.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for using a butterfly to illustrate the power of transformation in our lives. Please continue to chip away the bad in our lives, leaving only the best parts visible for the world to see. Amen!
- Transformed Devotional Plan (Rick Warren)