When I was a kid, my brothers and sisters and I would sometimes pretend that we had super powers. We would decide who had which power, like super speed, the ability to fly, to be invisible, super strong or some other crazy power one of us would come up with and then we would all debate if it was realistic or not. Did you ever play silly games like that when you were a kid? I always wanted to have the power to fly, I thought that could top anything, sometimes I would have dreams that I could. Well now as adults, we don’t play those games any more or pretend to have super powers (if you do that’s totally fine, I won’t think you’re crazy).
But I have something to tell you, I have learned that I do not have to pretend to have a super power, because I have one. You and I have a real power greater than the ability to fly or run through walls. We have a power that can effect the world around us in a big way, alter the lives of others and in fact, touch the world. You and I have the power called “Change”. We can change who we are, the way we are, the way we talk and the way we think. We can become someone else.
The tragic thing is that no one uses this power. People will say, “Well, I’m just shy”, or “I loose my temper a lot” or, “I could never speak in public”. But who we are is not written in the stars. We are not a tree or an inanimate object. We have a free will and do not have to be the same person we are all our life. One little step at a time, to change one little thought, can go so far.
A caterpillar dies and becomes a butterfly, a whole different creature, from crawling to flying. It changes. I once got to go to a place in Costa Rica where you could see all the steps of metamorphosis. I learned that the caterpillar and the butterfly are actually two completely different lives. One end and one begins. Jesus said, “You must be born again” (Jn.3:7).
In autumn the leaves change color revealing glorious colors. Change is beautiful. If we are not changing, we are just dying. When I travel to different countries, there is so much that changes from one country to the next. Certain words they use, ways about their culture, foods they eat, customs ecs. If I want to be effective and live in that country, I have to change my ways and adapt to the ways of the country I am in. Jesus said, “My Kingdom is not of this world” (Jn.18:36). To learn the ways of His kingdom, we must begin to change.
Like a seed, unless we change, we will just always stay the same (Jn.12:24). The word, “repent” can sound like a fire and brimstone out there kind of word, but in reality, it comes from the Greek word meaning, “to change your mind”. If you can change one thought, you can change your life. Change the way you think about God. Start to study the New Testament somewhere quite by yourself and learn who God is. God does not want to better you, or for you to better yourself, He wants to change you from the inside out and make you new. “If any man is in Christ, he is a new creation…”(2Cor.5:17) Now if you still want to try to try to run through walls or pretend to be invisible that’s fine, but remember you have a real and great power within you, try it out, start to use it!