He Ate the Change
“Mommy, my tummy hurts. Real bad.”
Here’s why. He ate change. Literally.
My four-year-old friend took a dare this week from a five-year-old. He put coins in his mouth. Then swallowed.
89 cents, to be exact.
Swallowing change quickly is a dare we often want to take, too.
As believers in Christ, we want to be kinder. To be more courageous. To be more loving. Now.
- If I can read the Bible in 3 months,
- if I can volunteer for every ministry,
- if I can fast for 40 days,
I’ll be changed quicker, right?
Not really. Change doesn’t usually come fast.
Transformation is a slow process.
When Change Is Slow
I finally finished my daily Bible reading plan yesterday. It’s a 2-year plan for reading all of the Old and New Testaments (already a longer time span than most plans).
But it took me even longer. The 2-year plan stretched into 3 years.
But that’s okay. I’m in it for the long haul. And if God needs to work longer on me than others, so be it. I’ll celebrate the little wins. Eventually he will get the job done on the other side of this life. My latest mantra has been “not yet” (thanks, Jean).
I may not yet be fully transformed. But I can have peace in the process if I’ll trust it’s coming.
And try to be content with where I am—who I am—today. I don’t make myself holy by reading the Bible. I can be open to change as I read, allowing my spirit to cooperate with God’s Spirit. But I’m not in charge of my own transformation.That’s holy work. I can walk the path, but I can’t make myself arrive. I need grace and peace and Jesus for that.
My little buddy ended up at the ER Tuesday. They had to get the money out quicker than letting nature take its course. They were successful.
His throat is sore today, but he’s recovering well. He’s learned a lesson.
I hope I’m learning, too.
Lasting spiritual change doesn’t usually happen overnight. I can’t force it to happen.
Don’t eat the change.
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Have you or your kids ever eaten anything strange? How patient are you with your own transformation? Please share in the comments.
I’ll start over reading the Bible again next week. Do you have a favorite translation you’d recommend? (I like to read a different one each time. Just finished NLT.)
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