Nothing Changes if Nothing Changes ~
Matthew 7:8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. NIV
January is always my month of wishing things were different in my life. It’s winter and dreary. I’m usually about 10 pounds heavier than any other time of the year. It’s my off season for photography and while I love the break because I’m usually so burned out, I struggle to make ends meet. That’s mainly because I don’t manage my money very well over the Christmas holidays. Happens every year.
I’ve spent the last two weeks thinking about this blog post. I’ve come up with lots of excuses not to write it. I grumbled to my friend about being unhappy with where I am with my business. “I really want my book series to take off and support me.” “I’d love for this blog to pay my bills.” “I wish” and “I want” just kept pouring out of my mouth. She said, “Change isn’t going to come to you at your door while you’re just sitting there.” Then she posted something to my Facebook wall. It said, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” I’m telling you, those 5 words have haunted me this week. I’m not sure I like it, either, because I have had to realize that I am standing in my own way of getting the things I want in my life. In order to have what I want, I have to get off my procrastinating, insecure butt and make it happen. Nothing will change until I make it change.
God, I wonder how many other women struggle with where they are in their lives. Certainly, I’m not the only one who prays for things to be different but puts forth little or no effort to do my part and make things different. Tonight my prayer is that You will remind me that we are a team in change. You guide when I pray. You give when I ask. You will open the door for what I need in my life. Nowhere in that verse does it say, “Hey, Kim. Here you go...wait, don’t get up. Sit right there. I’ll bring it to you and everything will be fine.” It says, “the door will be open”. Nothing changes unless I get up and go through that door. Thank You for my friends, God. Thank You for these lessons that keep me balanced.