The more time that goes on, the more I realize how quickly life can change and how difficult it can be to change with it. God’s Word presents itself in stark contrast to how I want to live especially as rhythms of life dig deeper grooves that make those rhythms much harder to change.

 

The more I gain, the more selfless I am called to be. As life hands me relationships, family, a home of my own, I intend to approach life in a way that is honoring to God. But breaking out of past rhythms can be challenging, despite my best intentions.

 

Intention should move into actual change. I intend to be a better spouse, a better sibling, parent, coworker, daughter or son.

 

Romans 12:2 says, “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

 

It’s difficult to change by our own power because we naturally went to go our own way. We like the things that feel good, that benefit us, or that make us feel strong. But God promises renewal if we follow Him, and the Holy Spirit changes us from the inside out.

 

Following God is a life rhythm that takes practice too. I certainly don’t do it perfectly, but this Sunday Caleb talked about how God is always there waiting for us to come to him. No matter how many times we wander away to do our own thing, he will always welcome us back.

 

One thing I heard recently was that God never tells us to “maintain” our love for him—I don’t think I’ve met anyone who is capable of perfectly loving God all the time, despite their best intentions. Rather, God tells us to “remain” in His love for us (John 15:9). We just need that steady rhythm of God’s love drumming through our lives, changing us, empowering us, and encouraging us in the way we should go.

— Sarah Limardo

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