“The one consistent thing about life is change.”
Dr. James Zirkle
When we think about change, most of the time it is not something that one looks forward to OR it’s for fear of something that could happen. Even the very definition “to become different, to make (someone or something) different, to become something else” can spark fear if it is not put into proper perspective.
2 Timothy 1:7 (AMP) “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”
Just knowing that change is needed is not enough, we must implement it. Honestly, we ALL have areas that must receive some type of change and in this post I am going to focus on one that hit home for me. It’s in the area of health and fitness. (Just an FYI, a Health and Fitness page will soon be coming to the http://www.kingdomthinking.org site and I have some awesome contributing editors that have a wealth of wisdom in this area!)
My wife, Debbie, and I have really tried to implement a cleaner eating and healthier lifestyle over the last few years. As you incorporate change, you will find one of two main reasons why someone decides to make a change. The first area brings us back to fear of what could be or even might be. Fear and faith cannot dwell together and fear will zap everything if we allow it in. The next area is one that is defined in a quote I read yesterday from Charlene Johnson, “In my 20’s I forced myself to workout – and my every effort was focused on getting a better body. Now in my 40’s the physical side effects are just a bonus. Now I see my fitness as a gift that helps my mental wellness, my quality of life, creativity, patience, strength, confidence and longevity. Funny how the wisdom and experiences change our perspective.” That quote pretty much summed up why we are making the life changes we are, but for those doing it in fear, you’re fighting a losing battle. It’s like trying to drive a car with no motor.
“Fear creates powerless pursuit.”
I’m going to end this post here, but only for NOW! I want you to take a piece of paper and pen and write down the areas where you have allowed fear to take over. Now give these areas to God and walk away from them and NEVER look back. Last, destroy the paper and step into the peace of God that surpasses ALL understanding.
It’s time for YOU to live a fearless life, so live it on purpose with purpose!
Thank you for this blog Keith and Debbie! It was good. I’m looking forward to reading your healthly blog coming soon! We too have made a discision to have healthier balanced life…. clean eating, exercise, and living by the Word of God! God is such an awesome God – He wants us to have abundant lives in all areas! Health, fitness, mental wellbeing, and financially…. His word so lovingly helps us and provides for our best! Thank you for the encouraging blog.
Thanks for an important reminder about fear and our need for change. It is totally a matter of control. We fear changes we don’t trust God enough to wait and follow. Somehow we think our fate is in our own hands. We resist changes because They force us out of our comfort zone and stay in state of uncertainty. You’re right, fear does make us powerless. Our minds harden and eyes go blind. We have to remain soft in our spirits so that God can work in it. I pray for boldness and strong faith to embrace changes in my life!
Thanks Maiko for sharing this great response. This is the perfect day to abandon our comfort zones and charter into new waters! Blessings – Keith