Over the last 10 months now, though I’ve been a Christian for forty-one years, I’ve learned so many things that have been revolutionary. Maybe it is the culmination of everything I’ve experienced in life, or maybe it is actually DOING some critically important things. I want to share three key principles, that when practiced on a daily basis will change anyone’s life for the good.
Surrender to God is the first. Surrendering everything, being willing to say yes to whatever the Lord says. Taking my willfulness out of the equation except to bend my will to His will is he key to life. His way is for sure the best way and the only way I can know His way is to give up on my way!
Clear away the wreckage of the past. Though I know Jesus died for all my sins, I rarely find a Christian who doesn’t have a deep-seated sense of guilt. I found for me, it was because I accepted the forgiveness blanket coverage but never really dealt with stuff I had done that caused me a huge sense of guilt. When I went back and made a list of all my resentments, fears, and misdeeds and confessed them individually to God and another human being there was a huge sense of relief and the removal of that guilty feeling I’ve had most my life. A new-found sense of calm and peace began to permeate my life. When the opportunity to own my wrongs and apologize to someone I have wronged comes my way and I take it, more freedom follows.
Serve other people. Waking up in the morning and asking God to give me the opportunity to bless someone else by DOING something for them, has brought an inside joy to me that my self-centered living never allowed. Looking for an opportunity to help someone else keeps me from focusing on me. I’m finding there are ways I can do things for others that never entered my mind in the past because I was totally unaware being too focused on my own needs.
These three simple things practiced as a way of life transform everything. More peace, less worry and a better connection to God are sure to follow.