7. Reflect on Your Progress
When transformation seems far off, and you become impatient by a lack of obvious change, take a moment to reflect. You are probably making more progress toward transformation than you may think. What was your life like before choosing Christ? What does your life look like today? What is different? Is there any part that is still the same?
Ask God to show you places that need transformation. “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24).
If you continue to have places that require attention and change, God will show you and give you the grace, the strength, and the courage to keep pursuing transformation.
As Christians, we are told in Scripture to turn away from our old ways and follow the narrow path that leads to becoming more like Jesus. In other words, we are called to transform our hearts and minds. “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).
Transformation is not instant, but a life-long journey filled with missteps and failures. Transformation requires time and patience. Thankfully we are not alone on the road. We are side by side with the One who completes our transformation.
Tamela Turbeville lives for every woman with a difficult past to know God loves them, they are worthy and wanted. She is wife to Richard, and mother to three grown sons and two beautiful daughters-in-law. When doing what she loves most-- studying God’s Word, reading and writing--she is surrounded by her six rescue dogs in her small office in south Arkansas. She began Living One Word to write and share how God redeems the unlovable and you can read more about Tamela, her journey, and her family at www.livingoneword.com, on Facebook, and Instagram.
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