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Last year I was enjoying a tour of Israel with some others, and I was especially enjoying the Middle Eastern food – too much – and not exercising hardly at all. One particular day, I looked in the mirror to discover I wasn’t the man I used to be! I had a decision to make. “This has got to change!”

Have you ever felt like that about something in your life that represented real failure or pain or just some big mistake you made? Do you believe you can actually change your life?

Romans 12:1-2 tells us that we can…

So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. (MSG)

The very first step toward change is to believe that you can. You don’t have to stay the way you are because God is a God of change and transformation. He can bring change to your life and bring the best out of you.

Brian Houston

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