If any man be in Christ he is a new creature old things passed away all things become new. – 2nd Corinthians 5:17

Attempting to change one’s self, this become clear: it is impossible. This is why the apostle Paul asked, “Why do I do the things I don’t want to do and don’t do the things I want to do?”

What is clear to me is, real change, deep personal change, is only possible through God transforming me. The founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, Bill Wilson, proved this to be true in his life work called The 12 Steps, which begins with the admission that we must surrender to a higher power in order to change.

Early today, I took the journey to the Secret Garden which I wrote about in an earlier Words of Hope. I call it the “secret” garden because it’s very difficult to find, and the path there is only possible to discover by becoming quiet and still, then asking God to show you the way.

Once again, in Romans 12, Paul’s manual for success, gives us many principles to live by. For the remainder of this month, I’m going to work on three of Paul’s principles:

1. Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them.
2. Hate what is wrong. Hold tight to what is good
3. Take delight in honoring each other.

Heavenly father, thank you that your word is a light to my feet and a lamp to my path.