Friends are a blessing, aren’t they? I enjoy having some of mine share their hearts with you here on the blog. Today’s post is written by another amazing woman who I am honored to call a friend. Kelli Wommack is passionate about living her life for an audience of One. She has inspired and encouraged me with her wisdom and prayer support. I can’t wait for you to meet her!
So here’s Kelli…
Several years ago I was in a hotel room getting ready to speak at a women’s retreat. The bathrooms were outfitted with this incredibly large magnifying mirror. I am sure that many a woman found the mirror helpful when applying makeup… I found it horrifying to see all the little details about my face I had never seen before!
I noticed wrinkles, pores, scars, and spots – nothing terribly unusual, but small changes in my face that I had not had the privilege of noticing prior to the date with the colossal mirror with super amplification. (Perhaps the fact that I have really poor eyesight explains this phenomenon as well.)
The process of aging and dying begins as soon as we are born. But we have hope, because just as our physical bodies are decaying, our spiritual lives are being made new… day-by-day-by-day.
2 Corinthians 4:16–17 says:
“We do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.”
Though sometimes I have to admit that I focus more on the physical decay than I do the spiritual renewal. In the same way that the gigantic mirror revealed the outward changes in my face, sometimes I need God to reveal how He is changing my heart. I can often get bogged down and anxious and overwhelmed when I face a difficulty that I have already faced before. You know, when you feel like you are learning a life lesson for the 8,613th time? “Haven’t we already been here, God?” “Why can’t I seem to learn this lesson?” I struggle with whether or not I am truly being renewed day by day. I still seem to wrestle with the same issues over and over again and I feel defeated and certainly not transformed.
In my weak moments of doubt, God magnifies the small ways He is changing me. I love that Tracy reminds us on her blog that God is transforming us into His likeness… one degree at a time. I am utterly impatient and I want to see the 180-degree turnarounds, and fail to notice the one degree of change He is slowly, but eternally making in me. I am the object of His renewal – He loves me and He is transforming the quality of my heart. Qualitative changes are a process.
- Like when I get angry with my child… and I don’t yell.
- Or when I want to give a rebuttal to a statement from my husband… and I refrain.
- Like when I desire to take credit for something that I did… and I don’t mention it.
- Or when I want to retaliate… and I respond in kindness instead.
One degree at a time God is changing me, making me new, transforming me to look like Him, reflect His character, and reveal His power. Even if I don’t see it. Perhaps I just need a super amplification mirror for my heart.
God, show us Yourself. Reveal to us how you are making us new. Amplify the details of our transformation so that we may glorify You.
What about you? Do you struggle with the same life lessons again and again? Do you sometimes doubt the renewal process in your life? Trust that God is making all things new… one degree at a time.
About the Author
Kelli is a motivational speaker, writer, and blogger and loves seeing people reach their full potential in Christ. In her role as Serve Minister at Christ Community Church in Georgia, she has the awesome privilege of rallying others to find their unique place of ministry. Her favorite home team includes her loving, funny, yet quiet husband, and her two loving, funny, and not so quiet children.
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