Day 12: Don't Fret

For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind. Emerson

While there is no question that those who are living as Christians will have a peace that is a direct fruit of the spirit, that does not eliminate our responsibility to cultivate that peace. One way we do so is to refrain from fret and anger. Changing your life for God goes way beyond a mere intellectual exercise - it requires effort on our part and that means doing our best not to worry or fret or become unnecessarily angry. Easy to say yet hard to do, I know, but the decision to let Christ rule your life will spur you on to make those efforts. And... the fruit will be a peace of mind that most men will never know.

Do not fret because of evil men... Trust in the Lord and do good... Delight yourself in the Lord... Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him...  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret... Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret - it only leads to evil. For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

David, as recorded in Psalms 37:1-8, NIV (Read the whole passage and just see if it does not give you peace of mind!)

Day 11: Joy

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Helen Keller

Helen Keller's neighbor tells of a time when he came upon her on a mountain path. She was alone with her face buried in a mound of flowers. When her face came out, she distinctly and perfectly mouthed the word "beautiful". If a blind and deaf woman can drink deeply of the beauty of this world that God has gifted us with, if she can see that happiness lies within each one of us, and if she can conclude that a resolve to be happy will result in a joy that will protect us from all difficulties, then why can't we? The renewal that God desires for us will result in joy. Even a blind person can see that... can you?

Be joyful always. I Thessalonians 5:16, NIV 

Day 14: Zeal

A man can succeed at almost anything for which he has unlimited enthusiasm. Charles Schwab

One of the most important ingredients for you to successfully be able to change your life for God will be zeal. Zeal gives you energy for the task at hand - you are going to change your life from an ordinary, meaningless existence to one that has significance for God. Most people sleepwalk through life, going from task to task as if they are barely awake. They get up in the morning, they go to school or work, they eat, they watch TV, they brush their teeth and they go to bed so that they can drag themselves out of bed to do the same thing tomorrow. The Christian life is meant to be different. It is meant to have depth and significance and it is designed to be lived with enthusiasm.

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11, NIV

Day 13: Sacrifice

I only regret that I have but one life to give for my country. Nathan Hale (Final words prior to being hanged by the British)

Today is a fitting day to talk about sacrifice, as it is Memorial Day in America. In about an hour our small town of Happy will gather to do what many communities will be doing today - we will meet to remember and honor those who have paid the ultimate price in defense of our nation. Yesterday, I was privileged to meet with a group of like-minded Christians on the first day of the week. We gathered together to remember the true, ultimate sacrifice: The death of our Lord. When we have such memorial services, we can see the importance of sacrifice... but do we see the need in our own lives? The next step to changing your life is this: You must be willing to pay the price! The Christian life requires sacrifice. It is not suitable for anyone else.

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command.

(Jesus) John 15:13-14, NIV

Day 15: Start

The best time to plant an oak tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is now. Old Proverb

When thinking about any life changing event, it is both normal and necessary to take a bit of time to prepare. After all, living for God truly does require that we count the costs. Having said that, there will never be a convenient time for you to begin this change. You will always be busy, you will always have some project that needs finishing, you will always have something to get through. But, the fact remains that if you are going to live for Christ, you should have begun long ago. Why not make up for lost time and begin to live the life that God has called you to, today!

I tell you, now is the time of God's favor, now is the day of salvation. II Corinthians 6:2, NIV