I came across an excerpt from a book by Joyce Meyer called Trusting God Day by Day that I’d like to share with you today. The message is beautiful!
In our world today, we can be very impatient. I feel I have been blessed with patience, but I have noticed when I decided to make a positive change in my life, I wanted it to happen RIGHT NOW! And when it didn’t, I struggled with it.
The excerpt you will read below talks about an important lesson that I have to keep reminding myself of daily - “It has taken my past life of choices to get to where I am today. My life can not change overnight. I must commit to change day after day.”
Are you enjoying the life and blessings of God in your everyday life? Or have you made a series of choices resulting in disappointment, pain, or feeling that everything you do requires great effort and produces little reward? Don’t spend your time and energy mourning all the bad decisions you have made; just start making good ones. There is hope for you!
The way to overcome the results of a series of bad choices is through a series of right choices. The only way to walk out of trouble is to do the opposite of whatever you did to get into trouble—one choice at a time. Maybe the circumstances of your life right now are the direct result of a series of bad choices you have made. You may be in debt because you have made a lot of bad choices with money. You may be lonely because of a series of bad choices in relationships or in the way you treat people. You may be sick because of a series of unhealthy choices: eating junk food, not getting enough rest, or abusing your body through working too much and not having enough balance in your life.
You cannot make a series of bad choices that result in significant problems and then make one good choice and expect all the results of all those bad choices to go away. You did not get into deep trouble through one bad choice; you got into trouble through a series of bad choices. If you really want your life to change for the better, you will need to make one good choice after another, over a period of time, just as consistently as you made the negative choices that produced negative results.
No matter what kind of trouble or difficulty you find yourself in, you can still have a blessed life. You cannot do anything about what is behind you, but you can do a great deal about what lies ahead of you. God is a redeemer, and He will always give you another chance.
I encourage you to find a way to leave your past in the past and to make the RIGHT choices for your future. One right choice after another will start the ripple effect that will change your life for the better.
Sending you peace, love and joy, my friend. Sam