Every problem you want to solve…

“Every problem you want to solve, condition you want to improve and wrong you want to right begins with you.  If you want to change the world, first change yourself. ”  John Maxwell

As I’ve shared on previous posts, John Maxwell is one of my favorite authors on the subject of leadership.  The same principles that make you a success in marriage, will work for your good in other areas of life as well.   When you’re stuck in the “how do I change my spouse, boss, co-worker?” mode, you’re in a constant state of frustration.  It’s like wearing cute  shoes that look good but don’t fit well( which I’m in the habit of doing)   You can live with it for a while, but you can’t go the distance in them.    Defeat is always at your doorstep, and hope is gone because you can feel you have no power.

The Lord gives you NO strength or power to do His job.  He will, however, give you all kinds of strength, power and blessing to do yours.    He will favor you and bless you for your obedience.  Find out if there is any unclean way in you, agree with God about it and confess it.  Then act on what God’s shown you….really want to change.

Look at the benefits of contrition….identifying your own sin and repenting of it.

For this is what the high and exalted One says— he who lives forever, whose name is holy: “I live in a high and holy place, but also with the one who is contrite and lowly in spirit, to revive the spirit of the lowly and to revive the heart of the contrite.  Isa 57:15

Has not my hand made all these things, and so they came into being?” declares the LORD. “These are the ones I look on with favor: those who are humble and contrite in spirit, and who tremble at my word.  Isa 66:2

Wow….let that sink in God…You will live with me, revive my spirit and heart….You will favor me.      Lord I want to focus on other people and how they can and should improve, but you want me to focus my attention on  my own heart and life.   That’s hard,  because it makes my flesh feel good when I  think about  the deficiencies in other people…especially my husband.  I like to feel “right”.     I want a contrite heart that you might favor me oh God.  I will look at myself and take the huge log out of my own eye, because you desire it and that’s all I need to know.   I won’t wait until I “feel ” like doing it, I chose to obey right now.

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