Somehow, we wanted to change something in us: may it be our behavior or attitudes. Yet, we are always caught up of something that we can’t move forward with our desire to change. We wanted to transform our lives, but we failed most of the times in making such moves. Just for example: making a New Year’s resolution, or even when we committed a mistake and vowed to change and yet we still commit the same mistakes. We keep repeating our bad habits or attitudes. We keep on asking ourselves: will there still be hope that I will be changed?
As I started coaching our male Youth’s basketball team, one thing as a coach has to do is to get rid the bad habits…poor shooting, weak rebounding (no boxing out), bad form of dribbling, sloppy defense and no teamwork play. It could really be frustrating if you keep on practicing and making sure those good habitual forms, but once the real game starts, the bad habits start to show especially if you have a particular difficult player to handle with. The question again would surface: will there be hope that this guy would change?
I think this goes also to real life situations where you know a person very well that you keep telling him/her to stop her bad habits and he/she keeps on telling you that he/she wanted to change, and yet you still witness his/her sinful habits. Either you’ll be sad for this person or you’ll totally lose hope that this person will change.
And this goes also to our own personal spiritual life. As Christians, God called us to become holy because He is holy. But yet, from time to time, we forgot about God and His word and do again our sinful things. Actually, it’s our responsibility to change our behavior by “putting to death the deeds of the body”.
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
A Personal Project:
Do you think God is upset with you because you can’t change your sinful habits? Have you given up changing? Don’t give up. Don’t think that God is upset with you. One thing that is constant is that God’s love and acceptance is unconditional. He loves you in the midst of inconsistencies of your daily walk. Do change according to God’s amazing grace in our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 John 2:1-2
My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.