Successful Transformation: a reflection from Ephesians 4

Change is painful. There is no change without loss. There is no loss without pain. It is not difficult to understand that all change is painful. Intentional change – the changes we choose– has an added layer of difficulty because we don’t like it. For many of us, this explains why it’s been so long since we’ve experienced any meaningful …

THIRST, day 15

Scripture: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7) Prayer: God, I’m admitting that I need you to handle the big things in my life. My …

THIRST, day 14

Scripture: “So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall! No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up …

THIRST, day 13

Scripture: An offended brother is more unyielding than a fortified city, and disputes are like the barred gates of a citadel. (Proverbs 18:19) Prayer: Lord, help me to be sensitive so that I don’t offend others. Help me to be grace-filled so I’m not easily offended. Reflection: Selfishness makes it easy to ignore–or worse yet, devalue–the people who bother us. …

THIRST, day 12

Scripture: “Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.” (Matthew 4:1) Prayer: God, protect me from temptation and help me to follow the example set by Jesus. Reflection: We may feel lonely, but we are never truly alone. Jesus understands everything about our lives, he was tempted just as we are. He …

THIRST, day 11

Scripture: “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.” (Romans 12:2) Prayer: God, help me to resist the pressures of this world, to ignore the beat of its drum. Show me the …

THIRST, day 10

Scripture: “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast.” (Ephesians 2:8-9) Prayer: God, thank you for the free gift of salvation. Forgive me of my sins, help me to seek you will all of my heart. Reflection: Because …

Speak the truth in love

“Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow…” (Ephesians 4:15) The self-righteous wield the truth like a weapon of mass destruction, ambivalent to the the devastating consequences. When confronted, the predictable response follows: “WHAT? All I did was tell the truth?” Their fortress of foolishness is unassailable. Mostly. Speaking the truth without love ignores the greatest truth: we are …