Changes Begin with You

Changes Begin with You

So often we make promises to ourselves about making changes in our lives. We can easily make excuses when we fail or do not try to make the changes that are necessary in our lives.

Resolutions are a dime a dozen and it is said that approximately 40 percent keep their resolutions. So that means 60 percent have failed or gave up on their promise to themselves or to others.

You know the kind of promises and commitments we make, especially at New Years, no more eating junk food, but only healthy food. The diet, exercising regularly, no drinking or no more drug abuse starts now!

No sooner you get out of the gate you trip up and fall flat on your face. Bad habits are so hard to break and the sad thing is that we make such ridiculous excuses to justify why we cannot do it.

You may be saying,
“My kids drive me to drink” or its my spouse or partner why I take drugs, drink or even overeat to oblivion. Some children and adult children even blame parents for their own dysfunction as well.
The pandemic is a good excuse now to justify our our bad habits or sinful actions.

When you look into the mirror today who do you see? I am not talking about the external you, but the internal you. The heart in you and the real you. Are you still trying to bury the pain and hurt after all these darn years?
Are you still blaming others and making excuses for your own failure and disappointments?

If change comes to your life it has to start with you and you only. No more excuses! Even to the believer, we can easily make excuses and why we do not live a victorious Christian life and make the same excuses why we live and enjoy our sin.

“But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves. For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. But if you look carefully into the perfect law that sets you free, and if you do what it says and don’t forget what you heard, then God will bless you for doing it”.
James 1:22‭-‬25 NLT

If you desperately desire and want real change then allow the power of God’s love to come into your heart and guide your life.

“Jesus Christ is just not some “higher power”, but He is the power of the Most High God.”

If we allow God to examine us and confess our need for Him we will guide us, lead us, and fill us with His strength and grace to overcome some of our most challenging obstacles. You must be determined to get up and keep moving forward because God cares and listen to your deepest needs and failures.

If you already broke your promise and resolution so what! Stop listening to the negative voices and lies of the devil and get back up on your feet, because greater is He, God that is in you, than he that is in this world.

My friend, You can do this, but you must stop making excuses and be accountable. It takes a lot of humility, discipline, and commitment. So arise and face yourself and your world today!!!

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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