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How Do I Begin The Change Process?

    Many folk have asked me over the years exactly how to start to change. I have been in that position too. Sometimes we are very aware that we need to change, but there are so many areas to work on, that we do not have a clue where to begin. This is a most horrible position in which to be. It can be so overwhelming that we give up and do nothing, because the task appears so enormous. We feel powerless and defeated.

    I want to share with you a little modern parable. A parable is a simple story, but one that is multi-layered, and contains within it some deep truth. This parable is that of a car. I drive a Ford sedan - not a late model car, but a reliable one. We have had it several years now. When we bought our car it was gleaming, all shiny and fresh. It drove smoothly and we could glide along the country highways with no effort. It handled the road beautifully - just as the Ford designers had made it to perform.

    Now, the same car has endured a lot of life. The paint job is a bit dull -it really needs a respray. The automatics are beginning to play up and they need a major overhaul. There are small dents on the bumper bars, and scratches on the doors, and even the roof. The engine needs servicing. The tyres are showing signs of wear. The brakes are ready for a re-line. Get the picture? Our car is still traveling O.K., but it is time for some major work.

    If we ignore all these problems, one day our car will simply grind to a halt, or it may fail us and involve us in a nasty accident. It would be foolish for us to try to fix the car ourselves - we know nothing about cars. It would be foolish to allow our daughter to 'have a go', or the next door neighbour we hardly know, or the lady at the supermarket. They are all lovely people, but they do not know OUR car. We need to take our car back to the Ford service centre, and allow the experts, who designed our car, to decide exactly what parts to fix, and in what order of urgency. The Ford motor company designed our car. They will know the best way to restore our car to it's optimum condition. We would be doing the best thing to trust the car's designers to do what they believe is best.

    The same is true for us. We begin life pure, gorgeous, innocent little babies. Our parents believe we are absolutely perfect. We are! But then life comes along, and we get hurt, we endure scratches and dents to our personality. We suffer in all kinds of ways - but we ALL suffer, and as a result we ALL become damaged in some ways. We respond to that damage too, to try to alleviate our problems. We may become brittle, or 'scratchy' with others, or we may withdraw, become depressed, or throw ourselves into work and try to 'get over' whatever is bugging us. There are millions of ways of coping and trying to get through life with as little hurt as possible. But we are ALL in the same position - all trying to survive in the best, or the only way we know how.

    Once we realize that we would like to handle life in a more productive, more wholesome way, at that point we are ready to accept our need to change. But we do not know how to change, or what to start on first, and we may try many ways, and many people, to help us. The very best way, though, is to take ourselves back to our original Designer. I call our Designer, the One who made us, God. I believe that Jesus is God's Son, sent to earth to show us the Way to live. Jesus said "I have come that you might have Life - Life in all its fullness".

    I have taken Jesus up on the offer. I have asked Jesus, who is God's Son, to come right inside my life. I have asked him to have a good look around inside of me. Since he designed me, he will know the best way to restore me back to what he made me for. He will know what bits to work on first, and what parts to leave until later. He will know how long the job will take, and he will be able to do it. I believe that. Jesus, I am sure, is inside me right now, and working away inside at restoring me, so that I can enjoy more and more that "Life in all its fullness" - in the way he designed for me to live. I am sure about this because of something else Jesus said. He said "If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer". A follower of Jesus found this to be true too. He said" I thank my God...being confident of this, that he who began a good work IN you will carry it on to completion." That was how St. Paul expressed it.

    If you too, are truly wanting to be changed to be a better person in every sense of the word, then this is just the BEST thing you can do. Take yourself to your original Designer. Tell Jesus that yes, you have placed your hands in his, and yes, you would like to model your life on his. But then there is more. The nest step is to ask Jesus to come right inside you, into the deepest recesses of your being, so that he can begin the change process. Jesus is the greatest restoration expert in the world. You have been designed for some very good reasons. God, the perfect Designer, does not make junk. He will know how to change you, in a way and at a speed that you can handle. All YOU need to do is co-operate. Jesus will plant a tiny seed on God himself inside YOU! That tiny seed will grow and develop and change you from the INSIDE out!

    This would have to be the most important, life-enhancing and life changing 'Droplet from Life' that I have ever learnt. Try it! I'm sure it will quench your INNER thirst for something better, too. Begin the change process today!

    � 2004 Christine M. Jones

    Droplets from Life

    Christine Jones is married to David. She has two adult children and precious grandchildren. She has worked for many years as a school teacher/librarian, and written children's material for several years in her 'spare time'. She loves nature, music and the theatre.

    John Mark Ministries
    djandcj@optusnet.com.au