So let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and he’ll be there in no time. Quit dabbling in sin. Purify your inner life. Quit playing the field. Hit bottom, and cry your eyes out. The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet. James 4:7-10 (TM)
As I look back at the greatest changes the have occurred in my life, there are a few momentous events. When Jesus found me as a teen ager, the birth of my children, and going through a divorce are points on the time line of my life that altered the course of my life forever. There are, likewise, subtle shifts in my behavior that have resulted in similar lasting course changes. But I can’t pin-point a day, an hour, a week or a month that things changed. It wasn’t an event in time, but slow change of course.
When I changed my eating habits and lost over 40 pounds and when I began writing these chapter a day posts, there was no screaming event. There was no hoopla or announcement. There was no epiphany experience or voice from the clouds giving me direction. These fundamental shifts in behavior were a "quiet yes" to God, and I can tell you when it occurred. I woke up one day and began to do something different. I did it the next day, and the next. Step by step, day by day, my life was headed on a new path.
One of my many problems is that I like to dabble. I’m quick to head out for a distant country to play around in fun and games. Once there, I wait for my heavenly father to find me, hit me over the head and haul my sorry butt home. But the prodigal’s father didn’t go looking for his son. He sat on the front porch, fixed his eyes on the path leading to the family home and waited for his son’s return. He waited for his son to find himself wading in pig slop. He waited for his son to say a quiet "yes, I need to go home."
It’s a new day. Does something need to change in your life? Stop waiting for God to scream at you. Listen to that still, small inside you, answer with a quiet "yes," and take one step on a new path.
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