Yesterday in Sunday School, we watched the second video in the Extraordinary study by John Bevere. One of the things he mentioned was whether we settled for inspiration which can come from many sources (books, poetry, music, etc.) or for the transformation God wants to work out in our lives.
Someone mentioned during the discussion that we tend to run from transformation because it's work. Lots of work.
I've been thinking about that. Actually wanted to add to that in the class, but ran out of time. So here's my thought.
We are willing to invest our time in the things we value and that matter to us. For example, I spent four year getting my undergrad degree. I valued it. Knew it would open doors for me that made the investment of time and money worth it.
Then I invested four years in law school. Again, even though there were parts of the process I hated, I invested the time, energy, and money to get a degree that I valued. I knew it would open doors and allow me to do things I couldn't do without it.
And now I've invested five years in getting some sort of unrecognized, advanced degree in writing. I value the opportunity God has given me to tell the stories He puts in my heart. I've invested oodles of time, money going to conferences to learn, money to buy books, money to hire babysitters, etc., because I value it.
So to say I don't want transformation because it's too hard is a flimsy excuse. If I truly want to become the woman God has called me to be then I need to be equally prepared to surrender my life and do the hard work of making the changes He requires.
Okay, I'm done preaching. For now :-)