How to Change Anything in Your Life
There is a method by which you can do virtually anything in life you would ever want to do. The Bible and leading research both agree on this method, and it has been tested and proven thousands of times before.
"Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap... Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary." -Galatians 6:7-9 (NASB)
In the context of these verses, Paul is describing the concept of personal responsibility. If you continue in destructive sin, then that sin will lead you to destruction. Conversely, if you make yourself rich in good works, then you will reap the positive reward of those efforts.
This should not be confused with the heretical concept of Karma. For one thing, we are talking about sanctification here rather than justification. In other words, this blog posts assumes you are already a born-again Christian. If you are not or the difference between sanctification/justification is a confusing one, then start here. Karma is the idea that everything in life that happens to you, happens because of our own actions. If something bad happens to you, then either in this life or a previous one you did something to deserve it. That's a horrible false claim that is horrendously destructive.
Rather than Karma, this passage refers to a Biblical and scientific fact. Consistent daily actions deliver consistent daily results. This is the amazing method that has the potential to change anything in your life that you would want to change.
I first experienced this Truth as a sales person early on in my career. I noticed that great months were almost always followed by terrible ones. I then began to track my activity. In the months that I had the most sales, I would basically stop cold-calling (reaching out to businesses for the first time). I would allow myself to get "too busy" to cold-call. So, the next month, I would not have any sales. In a panic, I would begin cold-calling like crazy, and then the next month I would have a great month.
This roller coaster sales life lead to some serious financial pressures and absolutely had to change. So, realizing inconsistency of cold-calls was the problem, I changed the focus of my job. No longer was it about end-of-month sales results, I focused purely on cold-calling. My job was to come in, and contact X number of businesses. Cold-calling went from the thing I was "always too busy" for, to being the primary thing I did in a day. The result? I won sales award after sales award and went on to receive promotions aplenty.
If there is something in your life that you do not like, then I can almost guarantee there is a small daily action that you can take to make it better over time. Want to loose weight? Change your daily eating and exercise habits. Want a happier marriage? Do something special for your spouse every day. Want more money? Then look for ways to spend less and earn more. Want to be closer to God? Then spend more time in prayer and in Scripture. Want a cleaner house? Then clean a little bit more every day.
This in no way diminishes the sovereignty of God. Quite the opposite. Who do you think designed this whole system? The reality is that it is most likely an area of sin in your life that you are wanting to get rid of, and a God-glorifying good that you are wanting to replace it with.
Take the examples I gave. It is likely consistent gluttony that was a major factor in the gain of excess weight in the first place. Selfishness and laziness likely contributed to the unhappy spousal relationship or the unclean house. Lack of self control likely hides behind a lack of money, and bad priorities likely drove an unhealthy Scriptural/prayer life.
These are all things that we (born-again Christians) are promised to be helped with. Remember we have the Holy Spirit within us.
"The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law." -Galatians 5:22-23 (NASB)
This is the promise we have from Our Lord. This method of controlling daily actions is the same one you hear repeated in business book after business book, it's in every self-help book and indeed it's a Biblical Truth as well. Consistent daily actions deliver consistent daily results.
If you are unhappy in an area of your life, it is very likely the result of poor daily choices. Change your daily habits and your life will change.
So, here it is in step form:
Step 1: Determine what you'd like to change.
Step 2: Determine what current daily habits contribute to this problem not changing.
Step 3: Determine what good habits would lead to the desired result.
Step 4: Replace the bad habits with the good habits, and remain consistent every day.
Step 5: Pray for guidance and help along the way.
It is not easy, but it is simple.
**This post was heavily influenced by a book entitled "The Compound Effect."