Change Yourself - Change Your Life
"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 1:11
Most of us want our lives to change. We want to have meaning in our lives, we want more time, more freedom to the things we love and to be with the ones we love. We want to live life instead of what many feel is mere existence or enduring a life of drudgery.
As we come to the New Year and start thinking of New Year's resolutions, how to get healthier, get out of debt, find financial freedom, or find the right relationship, we have that sinking feeling that it won't happen again. We'll try just like the year before, and in the end things will fizzle out and we'll be stuck in the same rut that we've been in for so many years.
We want change, but don't know how to change. Even worse, we want change, but resist it at the same time, particularly in our behavior. We're built that way, to resist change, but we are also free to overcome that resistance. It's not easy obviously. We wouldn't be in the places we so hate if it were easy, but it's not impossible.
We are tempted to think that if circumstances would just change, then our lives would change. We would be happy. That is foolish. Lottery winners are notorious for being broke only a few years after winning millions. If we are a bit wiser, we may think that if we start doing things differently things would change. That is much closer to the truth than the belief that circumstance must change first, but it does not go far enough. The strange thing is that we must change internally in who we are first in order to change our actions which will then change our circumstances.