‘Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.’ Isaiah 54:2 NKJV
The desire to change is the key to growth in any area of life. Most of us desire improvement, yet at the same time we resist change. But you can’t have one without the other! Change is possible only if you want it badly enough.
As Fred Smith, the founder of Federal Express, observed: ‘You are the way you are, because that’s the way you want to be. If you really wanted to be any different, you’d be in the process of changing right now.’ Change is never easy. It takes lots of time, tremendous amounts of energy, perseverance, and—of course—desire. But the desire to change must translate into a decision to change. And you must make that decision day after day.
It’s said that Earl Weaver, manager of the Baltimore Orioles baseball team, was unhappy with a decision by the umpire so he charged out of the dugout and yelled at him, ‘Are you gonna get any better, or is this it?’
If you want to change, you must ask yourself a similar question. Are you going to keep working and trying to get better, or is this as good as it gets? The Bible puts it like this: ‘Enlarge the place of your tent; and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings; do not spare; lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes.’ Pay close attention to the words enlarge, stretch, lengthen and strengthen. What do they have in common? They all require commitment and persistence.
That’s what it takes to change your life. And the good news is that with God’s help, you can do it—starting today.
SoulFood: Ezra 1–2, Matt 27:57–66, Ps 78:1–8, Prov 19:21–23
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023