The Greatest Barrier to Change (365 Days of Daring Faith — DAY 300)
Romans 12:3 (NLT)
Because of the privilege and authority God has given me, I give each of you this warning: Don’t think you are better than you really are. Be honest in your evaluation of yourselves, measuring yourselves by the faith God has given us.
Change is the greatest struggle that we will ever have to endure in life. Even above pain and problems and the daily grind, change is a line that draws itself in the sand and dares us to cross it. The chains that so often prevent us from crossing that line is pride. It’s probably the greatest barrier that we will have to fight through in life.
The truth is, while we like to give the impression that we have it all together, nobody has it as together as they would like. Houses with glass windows are merely that. You can’t always see or know what goes on behind closed doors. You don’t have it all together. I don’t have it all together. Nobody in the world, no matter how famous they are or how much money they have, has it all together.
Let’s just look at it: if we all had it together, we’d see less divorces because love and trust would be the center of our relationships. If we all had it together, we wouldn’t lose our homes, or our jobs, or the people we love. If we all had it together, we would be happy all the time and never experience sadness or depression or heartbreak. But we do, all these things happen, because nothing is perfect on this side of heaven. Everything is broken and everyone is broken in some way.
Yet, we go through life trying to impress people, wearing masks, and pretending life is good, everyone’s fine, and that we don’t struggle. What we’re really living is a lie and that lie is a result of pride and pride forces us to stay the way we are. Pride makes us think we don’t need to change and this is the greatest deception. If you want to embrace change in life, you must humbly admit where you are in life. It may mean opening up the closet and letting all the trash fall out. You have to admit there is a problem, a struggle, a setback, or a sin in your life.
The stronghold of pride is broken when we realize our impressions are mere illusions for the real thing. Our cover is a facade for the real story that’s on the inside. And it is in our admittance that we’re struggling and we need help that we find out who we are and who God is and how he seeks to import change into our lives. The first step to change is being honest and courageous enough to ask for God’s help in the process.
If you don’t take time to access where you are in life, you will never know if you are growing or regressing because you have nothing to which you can measure your current state to a past or an expected future state. A business man is able to grow is business only by analyzing where he is and setting goals for where he wants to go. Change only happens when we take assessment for what’s not working and then work to develop and grow in these areas.
No change happens without honesty. And no honesty is shown without humility. Assessing where you are will help determine where you want to go and what steps you take to get there. Change is the biggest struggle but also one of the most brilliant events that can happen in your life. Ask for God’s help and power to be humble, admit where you struggle, and take the steps to change. Your spiritual growth depends on it.
“A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you’re looking down, you can’t see something that’s above you.”
— C.S. Lewis