Transformation, at least the good kind, rarely “just happens.”
- Marriages don’t just get healthier.
- Friendships don’t just get stronger.
- Your eating habits don’t just get better.
- Your attitude about your boss doesn’t just become more favorable.
No, none of this stuff “just happens.” It all takes work. In fact, it all takes a fairly significant amount of intentional effort.
When I was in junior high, I played Pop Warner football. I was decent, and one particular season I decided that it wasn’t enough to simply be a two-way starter. I wanted to play every single down-to never leave the field over the course of the game. I told my coach about my goal, and he chuckled then said, “Okay, Johnston, but you gotta want it!” In typical 8th grade guy fashion I replied, “Umm coach, I do want it, that’s why I said I wanted it.”
I had no idea what “wanting it” really meant. I assumed since I was a good football player and the coaches liked me that my transformation into a never-leave-the-field player would sorta “just happen,” because I hoped it would. My coaches had other plans. In their “coachy” way of thinking, I had to put in the work, prepare, and earn the right to never leave the field. I had to become better at punch coverage and staying in my lane on the kickoff team (stuff you football fans understand). I had to run extra wind sprints to ensure that I was fit enough to never need a break. I had no idea it would take such a significant amount of intentional effort!
This isn’t a story about transformation. It’s a story about what it takes to prepare the way for transformation. And regardless of where you hope to see transformation take place this year, it almost certainly won’t happen without a fairly significant amount of intentional effort.
So here are some simple questions:
- What area(s) of your life and ministry do you hope to see transformed this year? Are there some areas you have hoped transformation would “just happen”?
- What do you need to do in order to help the process?
- Are you willing to do what it takes? Because like my coach said, “You gotta want it!”