24 Hours

Change is good. Everyone has something about themselves that they dislike. I for one, have at least two…or more things I would like to alter or completely eliminate from my life. Change is painful. The problem of making those changes we think are necessary, is that it takes effort, perserverance, and some dedication. Nothing in life that has value will come easily. The truth is, we make even the smallest of things difficult. Giving ourselves to 24 hours toward making the changes we want can actually be the step needed to remove the impossibilities that hamper our metamorphosis. Change is good, change is painful, change is possible.
Always remember that the future comes one day at a time. Dean Acheson                              Change brings opportunity. Nido Qubein
What do you want to change? If you want to change anything about you, you must remember that it takes time. A person wanting to lose weight knows they will not lose the weight they desire to lose overnite. It took time to put weight on, it takes time to remove it. So how does 24 hrs sound. You can lose the weight you want, no matter how much, in 24 hrs…really, you can. Not through surgery, nothing like that. Maybe you want to change being a procrastinator, or be a better person, or help others more often, or spend more quality time with the kids…all you need is 24 hrs! Christians often say, I want to pray and read the Bible more, homeowners want to get household projects done, others desire to make calls and write letters to dear friends they haven’t seen in years…in 24 hrs you can do it all!
Change before you have to. Jack Welch                                                                                        
Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves. Leo Tolstoy
In recovery meetings, the hardest thing for an alcoholic or drug addict to grasp is the 24 hr, or “one day at a time” concept. The thing is, it isn’t white-knuckling, trying to make it by willpower. Every individual has the same story, their life is unmanagable. Alcohol and drug addiction has complete control, not the person. People say to the addicted, Why don’t you just quit? They cannot, they are under the influence. The person asking the question is also under the influence of ignorance, but don’t know that. Here you have two people needing the same process to change. Both of these are in need of surrender. The addicted person must surrender their unmanagability, the question asker must surrender attempting to control with words…it does not work. By asking God’s help, accepting your addictions, and making the decision that you want to change more than anything, 24 hrs is all you need.
If there is no struggle, there is no progress. Frederick Douglass                                 
 ..Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Jesus, Matt.6:34 (NIV)
I’m sure you get what I’m getting at. No matter what your addiction is, by focusing on the 24 hrs ahead, you can make the changes you need to make in your life. As I said above, if you procrastinate, make a list of what you have been putting off, then go for it. Like the alcoholic/addict, the first thing in the morning before your transformation, ask God to help you, and turn your will and life over to Him…today. Don’t look at the mountain, look to the One who formed mountain ranges with a word from His mouth. You have surrendered the fact that you cannot do this without Him, you accept that you’re life is unmanagable, and with list in hand, you will string together enough 24 hr periods to change. When you look back, you will wonder why you waited, and you can then move on to the next issue, one day at a time.
Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith

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