At one time or another, most of us have thought about going on a diet. This is a common New Year’s resolution and something most women think about before the summer swimsuit season. You may not like how your clothes fit, your lack of energy, or that number on the scale. I often browse Pinterest for the latest diet trends—Keto, 21 Day Fix, Low FODMAP—all while eating a chocolate chip cookie (and not the kind made with almond flour and coconut oil)! But a quick fix is just that—quick and temporary. Until we are ready to a make a permanent, long-term change to our eating habits, any weight lost will just be gained right back. The same holds true for all areas of our lives.
This week, we began a new series called Issues. We show that we really want to be healed when we stand up, pick up, and walk.
Stand up: Identify the real issue behind the issue.
Pick up: Take control of things that you have allowed to control you.
Walk: Set out on a path of intentional direction.
Today, I want to spend some time looking at how we can be intentional about fixing our issues—how we can change our path and mark out a new way of living.
2 Corinthians 5:17
This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
Changing our path starts with understanding that when we become followers of Christ, we no longer have to do life alone or with our own strength. Although changing behaviors and attitudes is difficult, God is there every step of the way. Jesus never leaves us on our own to figure things out.
“So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”
When God asks us to start taking issue with one of our issues, and we stand up and pick up our “mat,” we start walking in a new direction with him by our side.
What does it mean in 2 Corinthians 5:17 to “become a new person”?
Is God asking you to start walking in a new direction?
Who can you ask to help support and encourage you along the way?
Take a step toward the plan you identified yesterday. And then tell somebody about it! Sharing new plans is a great motivator and helps with accountability.
We believe that one of the ways we find freedom from our issues is by having authentic relationships with people who will help us get through whatever it is we are going through. That is one of the reasons that we want everyone to be in a CedarCreek Group. To learn more about groups visit CedarCreek.tv/groups.
Dear God, help me be brave this week as I take a step toward confronting and fixing my issues. Help me when I stumble and get discouraged to remember that I am a new person because of you. Amen.
This post was written by Kaye Althaus. Kaye is honored to be a member of the LivingItOut writing team. In her spare time, she loves to read and do crafts with friends. She and her husband live in the quiet country and raise chickens.
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