Day 24: Transformation Isn’t Linear

You want to change the world.

You’ve realized the incredible value of this gift, and you’ve made changes in your life:

You’ve stopped hanging with that group of friends, you’ve started coming to Bible study, you’ve got a fantastic Bible reading schedule planned, and oh my socks… You. Are. On. Fire.

If you’ve been reading the #recklessabandonchallenge since the beginning, you might remember that in my first post, “Day 4: A Living Sacrifice”, I asked you this question:

How long do you think the passion will last?

Imagine you’re in a school play. In this play, you’re the coolest kid on the block; at first you were hesitant about playing the role, but now you’re totally into it. You pull off all the moves, you know your lines to the tee… but the best part? In the play, you get to fall in love with that cute girl/guy.

Oh yes. As the practice runs on, you pursue them, you charm them; and slowly but surely, he or she begins to fall for you and…

“CUT!”

Practice is over, and your deepest fear comes true when they walk away from you, not even saying goodbye.

The reality sinks in that the transformed person was not you, and you are not that transformed person.

Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that God requires perfect people. God gave us this incredible gift because we’re not perfect, because as long as we’re here on this earth, we can never be perfect. That’s what makes his grace so amazing.

No, what I want you to take from this is that there can be two definitions of transformation: the temporary, and the definition we’ve been using at Reckless Abandon Ministries which is: 

Transformation that brings about change is transformation that is character-deep. It’s transformation that doesn’t wane after mere days or weeks, but instead lasts. 

I love this quote:

Watch your thoughts. They become words. Watch your words. They become deeds. Watch your deeds. They become habits. Watch your habits. They become character. Character is everything.

Think about that.

Perhaps the character we have when we’re passionate is so much more than what we have “in the moment”.

When the passion starts to die, realise that that is the real you. That’s the you that should be reading their Bible every day. That’s the you that should look towards eternity–even when the hard times come. 

Apply it!

Create guidelines for your habits. Create guidelines for the words that come out of your mouth, guidelines for what you think, guidelines for what you feel.

With that in mind, here’s a method I have found to be useful. It’s taken from one of Justin Lookadoo’s books. 

  1. Consider which of the above you struggle with most.
  2. Take the 10 most un-christian characteristics you struggle with in that category.
  3. Write down those characteristics in order from “worst” to “best”.
  4. Take the top/worst trait you have, and work on it. Pray about it. Work on it every day until it reaches the bottom of the list.
  5. Repeat step 4 until you’ve gone through the list from top to bottom.

Do this two or three times, until you’re satisfied, and then do it again.

This is transformation.

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