My prayer: Teach me.
God’s answer: Trust me.
My response: Transform me.
Transform is to make a thorough or dramatic change in the form, appearance, or character of.
This is the third part of a series. If you have not read the first two, Teach Me and Trust Me, I would encourage you to read those, as these all link together.
You hear the word “transform” being used a lot, from physical fitness professionals, to diet experts, to business gurus. Try this exercise routine and this diet and see your body transformed. Try this business model and see your business transformed. Take this challenge and see your whole life transformed. People spend millions of dollars every year trying to transform some particular area of their life.
In my process of asking God to teach me, there has been so much that God has revealed to me about myself, and most was not very pleasant. I found that as I came to God to ask Him to teach me, and began to be honest with Him and trust Him, He clearly revealed areas of my life that needed to be changed, or transformed.
Change, or transformation, often involves pain, or struggle. Whether you have lost someone that you loved, or perhaps, you are facing another challenge, life can, sometimes, be overwhelming.
How do you deal with change? Do you avoid change, if at all possible? Do you have a desire to transform any part of your life? Are there any areas of your life that could use a transformation?
Paul wrote in Romans 12:2, “Don’t be conformed to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, or the way you think.”
We live in a cultural that is so totally removed from what God’s laws teach. Since we are daily inundated with the media of the world, it is very easy for us to slip into being conformed to those thoughts and ideas. That’s why it is so vital that we consume the Word of God every day.
Because transformation involves change, and change involves struggle, we most often opt to remain the same, if given any choice in the matter. The path of least resistance is a well-travelled path. The way to an ordinary life will always take the path of least resistance. If you want an extraordinary life you must be willing to choose to change.
Ken Roberts wrote in his book Staying Power, “God’s ultimate goal for me is not happiness, success, prosperity, or personal satisfaction (although He is not opposed), but rather transformation into the likeness of His son.”
If you are currently going through some type of transformation in your life, I encourage you to be open and honest with God, look to His Word, and allow Him to change the way you think. The answers you are searching for will not be found in the world, but rather in the Word. Many books can inform you, but only God’s Word can transform you.
Don’t allow the struggle to stifle the plans God has for you.