by: Staci Stallings
Not long ago we spoke about change and how others will try to block your change. This is true of others who you are working with as a Sower of God’s Seed as well.
Change is difficult. It takes time. It takes work.
Mostly it takes willingness.
If you are not willing to change, you won’t.
In fact, I think that is the biggest sticking point many people have with God. They think that if God is God and can do anything, then why doesn’t He just change things–to be better to be more peaceful. After all, He’s God. What’s He waiting for?
Well, I will tell you… He’s waiting for us to be willing.
Have you ever been so angry with someone that you weren’t willing to forgive? Maybe you weren’t even willing to entertain the thought of forgiving the other person. You didn’t think they deserved it. You thought that you deserved to be angry.
God will wait.
And you as a sower will have to learn to wait as well.
No matter how much you may want another person to change, only they can decide when that will happen. You can pray. You can gently point the right direction, but you cannot force them to change. That is their decision alone.
And oh, is that hard!
Because you and I think if they would just X… forgive, let it go, work harder, be kinder… whatever… then things would be better.
Often when you are working with someone, change is going to look VERY slow and sometimes non-existent. But that’s where you have to get a different perspective, a God perspective. From God’s perspective, He has eternity to work on your heart and mine and theirs. He’s a patient God, a loving God who will never force you or them to be anything you or they are not ready to be.
The “trick” is for YOU to BE (remember that from last time?). Be peace even when they are not peaceful. Be kind even when they are not. Be generous even when they are not. Meet them all the way over and over again until they are willing to take a step toward you.
Oh, this is hard. I’m not going to lie to you. Change is hard. Those rocks are heavy. The pavement is hard. The thistles and weeds have thorns and you are going to get hurt. I can almost guarantee it. But you are no longer looking to the world or to others for your peace. You are now looking only at God. And He will teach you how, how to be peaceful in the midst of turmoil, how to be merciful in the face of “they don’t deserve that,” how to love unconditionally… in all circumstances… no matter what. He’s teaching YOU as much as He’s teaching THEM.
Know that going in, and determine that this soul is worth your effort, your patience, your time, your belief in them… because Jesus did all of that for you… and more. In fact, that’s ultimately what Jesus did for us. He showed us how to be a Sower of God Seeds into souls by being the First Sower. His love changed things–in personal lives and in the world. It still does in the hands of Sowers who know that change is not easy but it’s always worth it.
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When control freak Lisa Matheson falls for handsome but shy firefighter, Jeff Taylor, it’s possible that life might just be going her way for a change. The only problem is she can’t control Jeff or the death wish he seems to have…
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