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Change… it’s the word that has permeated every aspect of my life over the past month. Personally, I am one who usually embraces change. I like variation in my routine and enjoy mixing up things like the decor in my house and my personal style. But here’s my dirty little secret… when it comes to making changes in my character, specifically in an area that requires self-control, I am really horrible at making the change! Does anyone else feel this way? Why does making alterations in our lives feel so difficult? I think the answer lies in the fact that we don’t really need to change. No, what we really need to do is transform!

We had a guest preacher speak to us on Sunday, and he laid out the differences between what it means to change and what it means to transform. His sermon reminded me of a story I heard several years ago about an artist who created beautiful pieces of pottery out of a most unusual and disgusting material–cow manure. Yes. Cow crap. Gross. The artist would mold and shape the dung as if it were clay. Then he would let it dry, cover it with a veneer, and paint the sculpture with the most beautiful colors, resulting in an attractive piece of artwork. But the truth remains, while the sculpture might resemble a delicately painted piece of pottery, it’s still just a lump of crap underneath.

I’ve come to realize that I, as a human, am like a hardened cow pie. Change is like the veneer and paint I use to try to cover the stink in my life. Maybe I can change for a while, maybe I can give up my addictions for a couple months, maybe I can choose to not get angry for a week or two, or maybe I can try really hard to listen more and talk less. But eventually the veneer and paint will chip away, revealing the pile of crap underneath.

The way to change is actually not to change at all; rather, I must transform–think caterpillar to butterfly. What I need is a complete metamorphosis! I don’t need to change what I do, I need to change what I am. And I know of only one way to do that. I need to focus my eyes and my mind on what I want to become. To behold is to become, and I know exactly what I want to be! Do you? Into what kind of person do you want to be transformed? What kind of “changes” are you trying to make that are most likely temporary without a complete transformation? Please leave your comments!

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. {Romans 12:2}

And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. {2 Corinthians 3:18}