“I was born ready! ”
We have all heard or said that quote. Amidst countless of reasons we present a state in which we believe we can overcome or endure. Now what usually happens is that things may not turn out the way we envision. Nonetheless, we are prepared, even if we may not fully agree.
My life has taken quite a turn, from being troubled by my depression and anxiety, to God fully taking control, once again. I honestly feel good and my mindset has shifted.
I tend to discuss a shifting or a change that occurs in us. I’ve learned through this recent transformation that I held to the notion in which most of us hold to, “better me”. Sometimes we tend to believe that attaining something, being someone, or even being with someone will change us, make us better. What if I was to tell you that no matter what is on this green Earth we won’t be a better version of ourselves.
Before you grab the pitchforks and hunt me down, hear me out. I hold to a biblical worldview, I’m Christian so I hope that comes across clearly to those who do not know me or my writing. All this being said, we are not perfect nor should we ever cling to the idea of perfection, if it isn’t Christ. We are all sinners and because of our nature, sin entering us, nothing we do or say, have, will alter this. Paul spoke about it in scripture, apart from God, we will fail, and only God can save /change us.
God wants us to be image bearers. When the Holy Spirit enters us and dwells within, we begin to bear the fruits, reflecting Christ. We are given a new heart and a new spirit. Things we did or how we are, radically alters and just as He is holy, we pursue to be it as well.
We’ve tried it already, we worked for x amount of years, graduated college, acheieved that goal, started a diet, but did it really change who we are? It might have changed an outcome or surrounding but ultimately did it change us. The problem we haven’t realized is that true change is internal, it is a soul and heart change, our perceptions and that in turn breeds true transformation.
I’ve seen people discuss how they will go on a diet and then fail within a week. I’ve seen people struggle with pornography for years. What needs to happen is a true heart shifting and mentality. This I’ve learned can only be done by God. Now I’m not saying it isn’t possible for anyone to truly change. We have it in us to change but without He who is life, it becomes a vain, egocentric pursuit. We will preach about what we did and etc. You will hear motivational people discuss that you need to be a better you, while still developing a plan that may have worked for them but does not benefit you. We each have our own path to follow and purpose.
So then I’ve come to realize that I am truly ready now. Before I was my own limitation, I was in the way. It doesn’t mean that I will stop being myself but that I will be who I was intended on being. It is by the grace of God through faith in Jesus that I am alive and completely different than who I was. I could have and should have been dead long ago, in my trespasses of sin and so forth. So as a way to help others understand this I challenge everyone who reads this to see where their heart is, are you really ready for change or will you continuously hold to being born ready, still waiting to be a “better” you.