Change Is Essential

18 Aug

“Your life does not get better by chance.  It gets better by change.”  ~ Jim Rohn

You — yes, you — can be the next winner in the Publisher House drawing.  You can be the mega lotto winner.  You can be the winner of any number of drawings.  Yep.  For the same percentage chance as getting struck by lightning, you can be a winner in one of the drawings above. Or, you can get off your duff and actually do something to effect change!

We seem to fall for the “quick and easy” schemes.  They are all just that, though: schemes.  They hardly ever pan out, except for those perpetuating them and bilking innocent victims.  If we want anything in life, we need to work for it.  If we want something really desperately, we have to work hard for it.  It really is that simple.  Most things in life are not just handed over to us.  In Sister Act II, the students are told, “If you wanna be somebody, if you wanna go somewhere,  you better wake up and pay attention.”

Whatever is valuable, whatever is important, whatever would constitute a reward of some kind takes work to achieve.  Life does not get better by chance.  It gets better by change.  We have to work at it and make it happen.  We cannot just sit around and expect it to happen.

Our spiritual lives are the same way.  So many people wish that they could say what some people say to the sick or needy or disadvantaged.  But, they never make a move to helping anyone.  How are they going to know what to say and how to say it if they never make the move?  So many people wish that they could pray with the same fervor and assurance as others they know.  Yet, they do not put any time into personal prayer.  They view it from outside but do not bring it within.

We can never have a fulfilled life while doing it vicariously.  We can never have a fulfilled spiritual life vicariously either.  It takes time.  It takes attention.  It takes passion.  It takes desire.  It takes a personal investment.  How much are you willing to put into your relationship with God?

FAITH ACTION:  When you take time to pray today, ask God for the grace that you need to make any necessary change in your life.