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May 5, 2015, 11:31 AM

Choose to Be Changed

Are we there yet?”  “I’m bored.”  “John touched me.”  “Jill’s not sharing.” “I hate…”  “This stinks…”

Oh, the conversations in the back of the minivan—especially when you’ve been on the road for several hours and everyone is a little tired and could use a hug.  Sometimes you feel compelled as a parent to shout, “DON’T MAKE ME PULL THIS CAR OVER.”  It’s May and we’ve been in this school car for 9 &1/2 months.  Doing life together is not always easy or fun.  Sometimes it’s plain old hard work.  Sometimes you want to look at your kids, your school, your life in general, and say “I love you, I just don’t like you very much right now.” 

When we are tired and irritable and find ourselves getting short with those we love, we need to take pause and give our relationships a tune up like Paul speaks of in Colossians 3:12-14:

12 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. 13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.

We must choose to be changed.  We must choose to be the mighty duck and let things roll off our back and choose to “clothe” ourselves with Christ’s love.  The key word here is CHOOSE.  Choose to be grateful over being grumpy.  Choose to be thankful over throwing tantrums.  Choose to be selfless over being selfish. Choose to love over lashing out.

We can’t control others, but we can exercise self-control.  It’s a fruit of God’s Holy Spirit working within us (GAL. 5:22, 23). As we approach the end of the year and get ready to land this plane, let’s choose—choose to be changed. 

Shaping Hearts & Minds,

Dr. Chris

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