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Do you ever get frustrated with the situations that you find yourself in? Maybe a little bit frustrated at the people around you; frustrated with your marriage, your friendships, or other family relationships. The cliques in your church,  politics in the workplace, or the cold souls wandering the community. Do you find yourself frustrated with the mess and the lack of greatness in it? I get. Me too.

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When Changing the World Means Humbly Asking, “God, Change Me First.”

Last October my sister and I went to a conference featuring speaker and author Danny Silk and his book, Keep Your Love On.   It was an incredible experience for sure. One of the biggest lessons I took from that three-day conference was this simple, basic, but easily forgotten truth that “I manage me.” 

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Sometimes I like to think I have more power than that. I like to think I can change people. Or that I can be an answer for them or provide them with the perfect end all solution. But the truth is God changes hearts, not me.  I am not the fixer. If anything, I too am among the ones who need fixing.

The Speck In My Own Eye

See, It’s easy for us to point out the things in this life that we want to be different. His attitude, her professionalism, so and so’s bad habit, and everyone’s poor choices. Sometimes we get so caught up in what we could change for everybody else that we forget to act on what we know we could change inside of us. Jesus addresses this very topic in Matthew chapter 7. He says,

“And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye’, and look, a plank is in your own eye?”  Matthew 7:3 & 4 (NKJV) 

Are we wrong to be frustrated with the mess around us? Not at all. But I think our focus should be on cleaning up the mess within us. Sometimes the best way to make a difference in this world is to just pause for a moment and sincerely pray, “God, change me first.” 

God, Change Me First {7 Day Challenge}

Are you up to it? Making this change I mean. Transitioning from being the “fixer” to letting God “fix you?” Change can be a tough thing to work through. And if you’re anything like me, you prefer to take these steps with the help of a few friends and some good encouragers.  Which is why I’m inviting you to join me in this 14-day challenge; 14 days of inviting God to search our hearts, remove what doesn’t belong, replace and nurture what does; and shift our hearts into alignment with His. Think you might be interested? Good! Let me tell you a little bit more about it.

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I’ll send you an email a day for a period of 7 days. Each email will include a prayer focus, a verse that supports the prayer focus, some real-life discussion, and a journaling/prayer prompt.

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6 thoughts on “When Changing the World Means Asking, “God, Change Me First.””

  1. I love this!!! The speck in your eye verse is SO convicting. I am a control freak and love to have everything the way I want it, so I tend to try to fix other people, or fix the way they have done something instead of maybe focusing on something more important with myself. Thanks for posting this!

    Sydney Meek | meeklyloving.wordpress.com

  2. Lo, I love how you always challenge my heart. Preach it Sister! My prayer every day is God would allow me to die to myself so I can become more like Him.

  3. I’m so glad that you posted this. I’m lucky enough to have a husband who is my accountability partner as well. We both are pretty good at self assessment and lovingly trying to help each other to become better, more forgiving, more Christ – like. I could not agree more that you have to i’m so glad that you posted this. I’m lucky enough to have a husband who is my accountability partner as well. We both are pretty get it self assessment and lovingly trying to help each other to become better, more forgiving, more Christ – like. if we’re not killingbthe flesh, dying to self, we’re a mirror of the world around us.

  4. This is so cool! As we draw closer to God our perspective changes and we start to see things through his eyes!

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