Recently, I was blessed to have another birthday. Since I was born on the fourth of July, I pretend some of those fireworks are just for me. As you look up at those spectacular displays of man’s ingenuity, you can’t help but see past all that and move right on to the stars. The fireworks in the sky are continually a reminder of God’s handiwork.

For some time now, I’ve had a continual prayer that is pretty simple. I say, “Lord, change me!” When I pray that prayer I am putting in a request to change those thoughts that stubbornly refuse to align with God’s intention for my life. I want to change the things that keep me from fulfilling my eternal purpose. I want to change the attitudes that keep me from being a good friend or a good neighbor, or a compassionate giver. I want to change in ways that make God smile.

Oftentimes, we resist change. We imagine we’re quite fine as we are and we don’t worry about what else could be. We may even think we have reached our potential. That doesn’t appeal to me.  I believe with all my heart that my best is yet to be, and I can keep changing for the better. The One who designed me is open to reshaping me to become more than I am right now. So I embrace change and confidently reach up and reach out to all that’s possible.

Charles Darwin said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.”

Something about that makes me want to be a “first responder,” willing to grab onto change and run with it.

May we each respond with love to the One who can change anything in an instant, even our hearts. Blessings to you, my friends!