Put in the work

It’s been a pretty unsettling year. A year most would like to put out of their minds and bury.

A bad day, week, month, or year does not equal a bad life. It just equals a bad “season” of life but I’ve learned it is during the bad seasons of life that you really learn, grow, and change.

You learn a lot about yourself. You learn how you deal with hurt, loss, disappointment and discouragement. You learn how you deal with difficult people and difficult things. And sometimes, you learn your methods are sub-par. You learn your coping skills are lacking, unhealthy, or ungodly.

As you learn about these things you make the choice to stay as you are, or work toward change. Anyone who has ever worked toward change knows it is hard. It takes time. It takes a lot of self-evaluation and effort. It requires digging. It requires different thought processes. It can be emotionally, and even spiritually, draining.

Yet, if you put in the work change will come. No one wants to admit they have issues that need fixing, but the truth is we all do.

Here is the great thing about change. If you are a child of God’s, a believer in Christ, you don’t have to make the changes alone. You have the power of Christ and the Holy Spirit residing within, guiding, leading, urging, and giving strength.

And if we believe God’s word, we can trust that He is faithful to help us change. He began the good work in us at our salvation, and we can trust Him to complete it.

“For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 1:6 NASB