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Making Your Mark - Willingness To Change


 hmullan    Aug 27 : 00:54
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The Bible is full of men and women who made a difference and the difference they made has been preserved, not in clay but within the very words of God.

Prehistoric Fossilized FootprintI recently came back from the Berkshires where I took the family to visit the Berkshire Museum (http://www.berkshiremuseum.org/) A part of one of the exhibits is a piece of fossilized clay that has the foot prints of a small dinosaur still visible. I couldn't stop looking at the piece of clay. Here was a set of prints from a creature that had lived millions of years ago.

I started thinking about the type of impact I am going to leave behind me when I go. Frankly, I don't care if someone finds my footprint in a piece of rock in 10 million years time and I don't think it would merit an exhibit, however we are on this earth for such a short time, what are we doing that really makes a difference?

The Bible is full of men and women who made a difference and the difference they made has been preserved, not in clay but within the very words of God. Take a study of Moses or Mary, the mother of Jesus. Their names are preserved for eternity, however it can be seen clearly that in their lives they had to have a willingness to change to get in line with the will of God for each of their lives and the paths they were to walk.

For us to leave a mark on this world we have to be will to allow God to mold us the way He knows best. This is not easy and just like Moses and Mary there will be many times when you feel that you are totally right and God will make clear to you quite the opposite.
In John 12:24,25 it reads...
  I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
  The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
The kernal of wheat achieves the most after it dies. For us this means that we must lay our desires, goals, wants, likes and dislikes at the feet of Jesus for Him to do what He wants with them. To those of us in recovery, it means that we must understand that we know nothing and as such we need to actively work our recovery and seek the help we need from others, including professionals in a given field.

When Jesus came to save us from our sins, He did not speak his own words but instead He said exactly what the Father had told Him to say in exactly the way He was told to say it (John 12: 49, 50). Jesus didn't just lay down His life at Calvary. He laid it down every day of His ministry. What is there in your life that you are unwilling to put to death. Make a decision to lay them at the foot of the cross so that Christ can show you the wonders of a surrendered life.

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