It’s true! People CAN change if they want to!
After YEARS of frustrating my loved ones….I’m proud to say that for 3 weeks now I have(with very few exceptions) kept my cell phone charged, the volume TURNED UP, and with me at all times….and I’ve even answered it when I didn’t recognize the number! Simple right? For YOU MAYBE! But for me, this is a major accomplishment! I’m proud of myself. I don’t imagine anyone else cares or has noticed, but it makes me happy. YAY ME!
Have I enjoyed changing? NO! It’s been quite a bother to constantly think about it, keep up with it…and even answer it. I really DON’T like to talk on the phone!
I’m sure my friends & family don’t see it this way, they loved me despite my “cell phone flaws”, but this my why. The reason why I made the effort to change.
It’s one way I’m letting them know, “I value you. I respect your time. You are more valuable to me than my comfort. I love you.”
What did this simple example remind me of?
“When we value & respect what we already have
…a whole world of opportunities open.”
I find this principle to be true in MANY areas of my own life.
But, back to the phone…See, I used to joke about wanting an i-phone….but when presented with the opportunity to get one, I would always decline. My thoughts? It was too expensive a gift for me to damage. If I wasn’t going to keep it charged, use it correctly or possibly lose or break it…what was the point in acquiring it? I might as well keep the old free one.
When I valued and respected the people in my life enough to take care of the phone I already have…my thinking began to change. I’m now thinking…an i-phone might be nice to have after all!
I know it’s just a phone, but it makes me think this…What simple changes can we make daily that will add value to people. What do I already have in my power that will tell those I love that they are important to me? What has the Lord already blessed me with for which I can respect & show my gratitude? In what ways is He wanting to enlarge my thinking?
When you can answer that, then it’s really very simple. (Keeping this in mind…simple is not equal to EASY.) Embrace your NOW, find your WHY, make a plan & follow through. Change is good. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the worlds of opportunities it opens up for you NEXT!
Your future is bright! Embrace it! Enjoy it! Live it!