This story is a radical case of self-examination and courage to change. I hope it empowers you to shift from victim to change agent.
“Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there is any grievous way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting!” Psalm 139:23-24, ESV
Facing blitzes well begins with a long-term perspective, but you must get “nitty-gritty” personal with a willingness to examine yourself and change.
Trials, failures and losses are all opportunities to ask yourself these questions:
- “How do I need to change?”
- “How can I adapt?”
- “How can I improve or mature as a person?”
- “How can I approach and behave better in relationships?”
The husband in this story would seem to have been justified to blame and condemn his unfaithful wife. Yet, their reconciled and improved marriage offers some validation of his gutsy and humble approach. Humble yourself. Examine yourself. Take your responsibility. Be the first to change. You can’t change other people anyway.
Facing blitzes in life requires you to get “nitty-gritty” with yourself and be willing to change.
If this message rubs you the wrong way or makes you squirm a bit…it’s a signal that humility might be your deficit. God loves to respond supportively to people, but He is looking for a broken and contrite spirit. Broken and contrite means we have humbled ourselves and are truly sorry to God for our flaws of character and offenses toward Him and others. If you want to demonstrate courage and learn what needs to change in your life, start by asking God to search, examine and guide you to change.
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