There was once an old counselor who said, “People tend to live the life they want.” While it sounds counter intuitive to say such a thing while talking to people going through marriage problems, financial issues and spiritual difficulties, this man said, “If you really wanted to change, then you would make the necessary adjustments.” Some people fear change so much that they are willing to live in an uncomfortable situation with little hope for improvement.
There are those who say they wish they could lose weight. Yet a change in diet and exercise seems too difficult a price to pay. Others dislike their job, yet they do very little to train for or to search out a new opportunity for employment. Others live with a spouse that they do not love; yet they refuse to do the things that will heal their marriage or alleviate the problems of poor communication. And most importantly, many say they want to go to heaven but are not willing to make the sacrifices of commitment and heart that are required.
Jesus’ question, “Do you want to be made well?” should be answered affirmatively by each person today. But how do we take the steps to improve our situation? First we must look closely at what it is we are doing in our life to cause or fix the problem. Why are we where we are? And what do we need to change to improve? Secondly we must take action. Even if a person is one the right track, he will be run over by the train if he doesn’t move. Realize that even small steps will make a great difference if they are done with consistency. Make a conscious decision each day to do something that will help change your life for the better. Thirdly, understand how every decision is a spiritual decision. View improvements to your health as stewardship to the Lord’s temple. Think of improving your relationships with others as an opportunity for you to show godly love to others, even when those people don’t deserve it. Remove selfish temptations as you see your need to give yourself more fully to God.
Remember, people tend to life the life that they want. Ask yourself, “Am I happy?” “Am I just letting life happen to me or am I using the situations in my life to grow?” Make the decision to be well. Chose this day to live fully for God.