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A Season of Change

I was reminded last Sunday during the sermon that Lent is about change. And in order for change to come about we must leave something behind. This “something” may be our old habits, maybe old friends or family members who are influencing our lives negatively, or even old goals that just don’t seem that important to us anymore. When we leave these things behind they are replaced by new things, right? New goals, new friends, new habits…things that move us in a more positive direction so we can progress through life and leave the world a better place than we found it. This is a wonderful theory but it’s based on a huge assumption that we can do the one thing that can bring us to this point…humble ourselves enough to see that these changes are necessary in the first place.

Why is it so hard for us to see our faults? We have no problem at all pointing out the faults in others, and rather quickly at that! We immediately see that her skirt is too short or his job doesn’t earn enough, yet when it comes to self-realization we are at a loss. I propose we take this time during Lent to focus on our inner selves. Forget the faults of others; after all we can’t control other people. We can only control ourselves and our reactions to others. Let’s stop blaming and start fixing. Let’s stop “hoping” for change and start making that change happen.

I am reminded of a Facebook conversation that I was a part of yesterday. A friend of mine posted that she was “…hopeful that a generation would come who learns non-violence instead of war…”. Yet where does it start? Where do people learn to be nonviolent in this day and age? It starts at HOME…with our children! We are raising that “generation that would come”. We are doing this to the world! This change needs to start in our hearts and minds so we can then give it to our children…who then pass it to their friends and future spouses and children so on and so on. So many people want to blame the President or blame Congress or blame this guy or that guy….change starts at home. It starts with us, each and every one of us need to choose this change for ourselves first. Only then can we begin this cycle of change that is so desperately needed in today’s world.

I challenge you to make a few changes today. Start a journal, set some goals, be kind to a stranger, take a walk and be at peace, pray, make a conscious effort to do something positive today. Start with just one little thing…just today. Tomorrow make it a different thing. And the next day something else. Set the example for your children. Require more of them…but first you must require more of yourself.

Lent is a season of change. Are you up for the challenge?

“I’m starting with the man in the mirror.
I’m asking him to change his ways.
And no message could have been any clearer…
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change.”
-Michael Jackson


  • Holly

    Oh so very true Teresa!
    Just starting doing devotions each night with the kids. We read out of a family devotion book, then I have them write in their gratitude journal..I wasn’t sure how they would do with it at first and am amazed at how much they enjoy doing this. Wish I would have started it a long time ago with them! Great blog! I always enjoy reading it!

    • Teresa

      Holly that is a GREAT idea!!!! Your children are going to grow up to be such amazing people…and THAT is what this world needs! You are such an awesome Mommy! What a gift you are giving those kids…gratitude! That will carry them through everything this world can hand them! Hugs to you, my dear friend!

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