August 12, 2010

“Change is apt to occur when we realize we can change.  This is the greatest motivation of all.  Nothing sparks the fires of desire more than the sudden realization that you do not have to stay the same.”

This quote was on Chris’ daily calendar last week.  I am struck by the power of these three sentences.  When I think of changes I have made in the past, they always began simply with the desire to not stay the same.  I often did not know which direction to head in, but I knew the current state I was in would no longer work.  When I finally acknowledged the desire for something else, my desire steadily strengthened until one day I found myself in a place to take a baby step in a new direction. 

God works with our desires.  If we desire to be in a new place (a new physical location, a new job, a new relationship, a changed old relationship, forgiving a hurt), we simply have to start with letting God know that we do not want to stay the same.  If we continue to turn to God through prayer, God will strengthen that desire in us, and God will slowly reveal to us steps we can take to make the changes. 

What areas in my life do I desire to not stay the same? 
Have I talked to God about my desire to change? 

Becky is an Ignatian-trained spiritual director, retreat facilitator, and writer. She is the author of the Busy Lives and Restless Souls (March 2017, Loyola Press) and The Inner Chapel (April 2020, Loyola Press). She helps others create space to connect faith and everyday life through facilitating retreats and days of reflection, through writing, and through spiritual direction. With nearly twenty years of ministry experience within the Catholic Church, Becky seeks to help others discover God at work in the every day moments of people’s lives by utilizing St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises and the many gifts that our Catholic faith and Ignatian Spirituality provide.

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