This past week our son Art spoke to the students in a ministry outreach program designed to help them overcome their troubled past. During the course of his visit, one of the program directors told him an unforgettable story about one of the current students in the program:
He must have been approaching 40 years of age but had led a troubled life. He found himself in a program to help people to give them another chance at life.
The story goes that he was standing outside the facility with another person in the program. It was lunchtime. The other fellow said, “Come on. Let’s go break into some cars.” At that moment the young man took a stand. He said, “No. I’m going to change my life,” and he turned and walked back inside through the door.
Changing one’s life takes making a change or transforming for the better. Repenting is what the Bible calls it. Changing the direction you are going from one bad way to a better way.
Changing one’s life takes making a commitment. It can be made quickly or over a period of time but it takes hanging in there until the goal is reached. It is possible to change by being committed to the plan and by taking a stand.
Changing one’s life takes determination. Determination drives the world. People who are determined to make adjustments and work through the changes that need to be made to better their lives.
The young man who left at the lunch hour to “go break into some cars” lost his place in the program and was not allowed to come back. He missed that opportunity to change his life for the better. On the other hand, the young man who stayed pressed on toward his goal of changing his life.
Each day we have to make a commitment whether to do right or wrong in the things we face. It may be whether or not to join in gossip we hear, tell a “little white lie,” go somewhere we shouldn’t go, partake in some sinful habit, associating with the wrong people, say something we shouldn’t say, or countless other things. We must take a stand with Joshua of old who said, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).
Every day we can start anew as Christians, children of God. We can change our life for the better like the young man above. We must do it if we hope to live in heaven one day.