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Ready For Change

Do nothing and get nothing.

That’s a phrase that has been rolling around in my head for a couple of months. You see, at the beginning of the year, I started a new journey, trying to lose weight. I’ve taken a new path this time, trying things I have always said “no” to before. This includes working with a personal trainer and trying some group fitness classes. I got clean and sober in November, 2000, finally quit smoking in 2003, and since then, I put on a few pounds….60 to be exact. Although I know I’m not quite ready to be on The Biggest Loser, the weight was still limiting me from feeling my best and being my best.

I lost some weight last year on my own, but I ended up in a rut and hit a brick wall with my weight loss and actually gained back 8 lbs that I had lost. So, I made a decision that I needed to do “different things” to get different results. Guess what? It is working. I’ve been heading to the gym 3-4 times a week and eating much better. As a result, the inches are slowly coming off and my energy is increasing. I have 30 pounds to go.

Do you know what’s funny? Just like my weight loss hit a wall, if I’m not careful my spiritual life can get sluggish too. It can become heavy, apathetic, and cynical. I know I’m drifting when I’m more negative about the people, places, and things around me instead of seeing the beauty God has for me. It seems that things are not moving fast enough for me and I’m running on my own steam and the engine is beginning to break down. Have you ever felt that way? Maybe you are feeling that way right now.

Apathy isn’t anything new. We read about it in 2 Timothy 4:3-4

For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 

There is a lot around today that can cause confusion. I know I can get off track. TV, movies and the internet feed into this sense of listlessness. Many of us go searching for that next something to fill us up. It might be the latest and greatest piece of tech. For some of us it is Facebook or another “unreal reality show.” For some of us, this searching means going deeper into sin and stumbling into darker places. I have been there too.

I love one of the songs we play that just seems to fit - Jeremy Camp’s “Let it Fade.” My favorite line is, “Have you been walking on a surface that’s uncertain? Have you helped yourself to everything that’s empty? You can’t live this way too long.” That is great stuff there, and I’m living proof of that!

Awareness is the first step to change. I’m in a season where I’m searching for what God wants for me next. My wife, Julie, will say to be careful what you pray for! I have a sneaking suspicion that it will involve loving God and loving people, and that is not easy sometimes!

I do know that I’ve had enough of doing the same things and getting the same things. I’m ready for change and ready to grow. I’m ready for God to show me how.  

How about you? Are you coming through a season of growing spiritually? Maybe you are feeling some apathy and feel like it is time to grow right now. Either way, I’d love to hear from you. Email me at jlarkin@951SHINEFM.com    

Co-host of Afternoons with Jack & Erin on SHINE-FM.