Change Breaks Chains
Change is the one thing that everyone really wants but no one has the courage to master. Change is one of the hardest thing to do because of one thing and one thing only… FEAR. People fear the unknown. People fear what may happen if everything doesn’t work out.
If any of you are like me then you know deep down inside that you are tired of the same lifestyle. We are tired of going through the same thing every day, but we just can’t change because we don’t want to break old habits and lose things in which we have grown accustomed. Those daily habits in our life are weighing us down because we have grown comfortable. Any type of movement upward means we have to act, we have to shift, we have to turn and maneuver some aspect of our daily living. We are truly chained down with burdens because we don’t know how to let them go.
What’s weighing you down could be any of the items below.
- You want financial peace.
- You want to lose weight and be healthier.
- You want love and you are tired of being mistreated.
I can go on for days about the individual changes that we want in our life but… guess what? It’s not going to come because we are not ready for it. In order to free our minds of the bondage that has been brought due to the reckless choices we once made; we have to change!
Change breaks chains…
Through bible study, I found that there are three steps of change that inspired me to take control of my life and head in the right direction. This list may look like a simple way you get ready in the morning,but I really believe it will help those of you who are ready for a new start.
Step 1: Wake up!
You may be in a “coma” and continuing to repeat behaviors that you don’t really realize are harmful. Some lifestyle choices may have you “sleeping” on the vision that you have for yourself. Sometimes I’d rather sit and dream about what could be than actually wake up and make a plan to get it done. I don’t want this to be my life anymore. I want to act on those daydreams of a financially, mentally, and physically healthy life. If you can relate to this then join me in completing step 1 which is waking up!
Step 2: Get Up!
This step is important for those who tend to sit down and wallow in pity every day about their situation.
- “Oh, he broke my heart!”
- “Oh, I have trust issues!”
- “I’m just going through a rough time”
- “It’s a holiday, I’ll start eating healthy tomorrow!”
We have to stop giving excuse after excuse and we must stop limiting ourselves.Action speaks louder than words so join me in putting action behind the thoughts and behaviors that we want to change by getting up.
Step 3: Get Ready!
This is the final step. If you are going to pray for change to happen, you have to be prepared to receive the change.
There was a small town in Kansas that was going through the worst drought ever in the past 47 years. The church and the community met because crops were beginning to die, and citizens began to fear their livelihood was at stake. An elderly member of the church said about 47 years ago when they had a drought just like this — the community and church came together and prayed for three days and three nights, and on that third night rain came.
The members of the community were hesitant at first but as the man continued to persuade, he got everyone on board to meet at the church and pray. The old man also recommended that they include the retired pastor, David, who led the prayer 47 years ago. David was in a local nursing home with Alzheimer. Once again, many were hesitant, but agreed because there was nothing left to lose. The current pastor, Reverend Frank, and some leadership from the community went to pick up the David and told him that they needed him to come lead their prayer for rain like he did 47 years ago. David jumped up with excitement, got dressed in a raincoat, rain boots, and an umbrella then proceeded to walk to the car.
The community leadership snickered and shook their head in disbelief that they were seriously putting their trust into a man with a dwindling mind. Reverend Frank stopped the old man and said, “Hey we are taking you to the church to pray for rain, not taking you to the rain!” David, the retired pastor, said “I know where you are taking me! How do y’all want to pray for rain and not be ready when it comes? You have to already go prepared and ready for what you know God is going to bless you with!”
This story spoke to me because I have prayed for many things but am I truly ready for when those things may come.You may be praying for a good man, but are you a good woman ready to compromise for a relationship? You may be praying for $1 million dollars but cannot save $50 in a bank account? You may be praying for better health, but cannot go one day without a soda or one week without fried food? Why pray for change when you are not ready to change to receive the blessing?
My prayer is for those of you reading this post to have boldness to overcome that fear of change! I also pray that you have courage to know that it may be uncomfortable but when you grow things begin to get uncomfortable.Those chains (unhealthy behaviors) will soon not fit as well as they use to and feel the pressure to break off. The only difference from the person we are and the person that we want to become is what we do today… Change starts now.