We do not have the power to change anyone, including ourselves. Oftentimes we forget that it’s not us who do the inside work of heart and attitude and the outside changes in our behavior. God alone does the work. We just need to have the willingness to allow Him to do His great work in us.
If we are working the first step and living a life of surrender, then the understanding is that God will make the changes in us. If we could change on our own, why would we need God and why would we need a sponsor and a community of others who understand our struggles? When we get into the self-reliance of believing that we can change ourselves, then we put ourselves on the same level as God. By surrendering to God, we allow Him to make all changes in us.
Allowing God to change us is like watching the water from a river flow over jagged stones. Over time the stones are changed. Little by little their rough edges are smoothed and they become something different. With time, the rough stones become smooth and shiny. This is what God is doing in us. Flowing over and through us to make us shine with His love.
Written by Jackell