“Often, the best stories aren't when someone pulls one 180-degree turn, but when someone pulls 180 one-degree turns: the stories when someone experiences a slow and, at times, indistinguishable evolution; the stories where a million tiny steps produce something so brilliant; the stories where perseverance and struggle go hand in hand.”
― Josh James Riebock, My Generation: A Real Journey of Change and Hope
There are some days when I look back on the way the story of my life has unfolded thus far and the only words that can proceed from my mouth are “Wow, God You are faithful” (then there’s those days where you’re all “OK God where ya at homie” but that’s for another day.) Even in my feebleness I can’t help but believe and see the marvelous evolution that the Lord has produced in me, and the millions of steps that He has in store for me, that I just have to be willing to take.
There comes a point in life where we all have to choose what’s going to change us, what we will choose to get out of bed in the morning for. A point in being a follower of Christ when we have to choose for God not to just refresh us, not to just meet our needs, but to transform us. Sometimes it looks like doing something you have no desire to, or taking that correction you know you need but absolutely despise. And sometimes transformation looks like “buckle up, because I’m about to shred apart everything you’ve ever known, and put you back together in the way I intended.” It’s the slow, 180 one-degree turns with God that gradually revolutionize who you are. It’s taking God’s Word to be true and no longer letting yourself make excuses for the way you once were. It’s obedience, long-suffering, perseverance and walking in love like it’s your freaking job (because let’s face it, it kind of is.)
I pray that you, I, all of us choose to let the only word that will live on when all is said and done is the Word of God that transforms us into everything we’re called to be. That our praise be continually of Him and we take what God’s doing in us seriously. That we never forget to loosen up every once in awhile, see each other for who we are, listen, and know how to make each other laugh in the times when there’s no better way to love.
I am so blessed to be a part of a program that provides a family that pushes me to be more and more like Jesus, and loves me through the stories of perseverance and joy that life brings. Only time will tell what we all will become, but I trust that it will be nothing any of us could’ve imagined, nor recognized in the midst of the change. If there’s anything I know, it’s that God is faithful.
“But I will hope continually, and will praise You yet more and more.”
Psalm 71:14 NKJV
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