We do not often ask for change. A lot of the time when we refer to change we see it as a negative thing, but occasionally we hear ourselves say, “I need a change.” When I see something in my life I want to change, I try and ask God to help me change it. I find that when I do that I feel more like God is on my side as I work through whatever efforts are required to make the change happen. Having God on your side is always a good thing, but it can also increase your own personal accountability. Accountability is something I always need when doing a difficult task, it seems to make me more aware of the need and hesitant to do wrong or not do right when I need to. Asking God to help has a way of talking you out of bad change as well.
For example, I made a decision a few months ago to lose some weight. I got on a scale one day and said, “I GOTTA change.” So I sat down and God and I talked about it for a bit (to some that would be called a prayer, but most of my talks with God are more chatty in style). WE (as opposed to just I) decided that I needed to do what it took to lose a few. So I declared to God that I was going to do it, and He promised to help. Yep – I made a promise to God, and He promised He would help me with it. It was at that point that my accountability began to grow. I became very interested in fulfilling my promise, because I knew He would hold up His end!
Now don’t get me wrong, it was not fun sometimes. But making a promise to God, AFTER I had asked Him to change me on some way just felt more real, and there really, really is not a way you can fool God, right? Wow. That’s accountability. But guess what? He did his part very well. Every time I started to quit, I heard that whispered voice say, “You can do this, and I will help you. Remember our little talk?”
I know – you guys think I am weird, but it was very, very real to me. Not only was I determined not to disappoint, I felt strongly supported. God also used my wife and daughter, and some friends and family members to be encouraging and help me on my way. He supplied what I needed to fulfill my promise. I did end up losing the weight. I am proud of my efforts, and honestly can say I grew closer to God in the process. We call that a win-win!
Psalm 37:5 (NIV): Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him and he will do this”
Do you want or need to make a change? Sit down and talk to God about it. Not only will the accountability help, but the help He can provide is far beyond your own abilities!
Go change something!