I just started reading the book “The Life You’ve Always Wanted.” The premise of the book, according to the first chapter, is that the Christian life is about change, about becoming more like Jesus.
As the author (John Ortberg) is explaining his purpose in writing, he references the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I smiled to myself because my son used to be a huge fan of MMPR. We had all kinds of action figures of the Red Ranger, Green Ranger, White Ranger…well, you get the idea.
MMPR were all about change – morphing from regular teens to cool martial art super heroes. The word morph means to change. That’s what MMPR did and that is what God wants to do in our lives.
But…do you believe you can change? Or better said, that God can change you? This quote jumped off the page at me. “The possibility of transformation is the essence of hope. Psychologist Aaron Beck who says that the single belief most toxic to a relationship is the belief that the other person cannot change.”
Sometimes we give up on each other – or even ourselves – and decide that some people – or ourselves – simply cannot change. Whether we are stuck in our ways, too stubborn, too fearful or whatever, some people buy into the idea that change can’t happen. If there is no power to change, there is no hope. Things will be always be the same and so we just have to deal with it. How many relationships have fractured or died because someone decided the other would never change?
I’m looking forward to the insights Ortberg will offer about spiritual transformation and how to be more available to God to change us. Do we believe He has the power to change us?