Week 2: It Seems Too Simple

If you want to have success in really and truly changing in your life, then you will have to be willing to put forth the effort that a failure is unwilling to give.

Think about the things we have looked at this week: Pray as much as you can. Read the Bible as much as you can. Worship with the church as much as you can.  It seems too simple, right. "I wanted to discover the great secrets to a life changing experience and you give me the most basic things that I already know ", you might be thinking - and you would be half right.

You see, these things are simple in the fact that they are not complicated, but they have the ability to change your life in ways that you cannot even imagine if you will add the key ingredient: Commitment! Prayer, Bible study and worship are simple to grasp - they are not easy to continually do.  I have been praying since I was a child, but I am only now beginning to have the deep and meaningful prayers that draw me closer to my Heavenly Father. I have probably read the Bible through over twenty times, but I still discover powerful truths that I have somehow missed for so many years. I have rarely missed a worship in over fifty years, but I am still in awe of the love of Christ every time I partake of the Lord's Supper.

If you want to change your life, you will have to make the decision to do so. This requires a commitment and a level of effort that most people are simply unwilling to give. But, those who seek to live a life for God with an unwavering commitment that is prompted by love will have a great chance at success. It's like two men who want to go to Hawaii: One thinks, "It sure would be nice to go to Hawaii someday." The other man saves up money for the trip, arranges his vacation time at work, calls up the travel agent and makes reservations for the plane and motel. Who do you think is more likely to go to Hawaii?

One final word of caution for those who are ready to commit: It takes time. A baby learns to crawl before it walks and an Olympic sprinter learnsto run, before he competes. You are already committed, so present your humble petition to God in prayer, seeking His help. Then pray every day. Read from His word, every day - it will take time but His plan will slowly become evident to you as you read His instruction manual. Then find a place to worship. You might not find the one described in the Bible right off, so begin your search. Make that search based on the criteria you find in the Bible, rather than your (or your parent's) personal preferences.

Then remain faithful as long as you live. You will struggle, but if you will persist you will succeed. And then, there is Heaven!

Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life. Proverbs 4:13, NIV