by Niki Turner
I don't have anything against caterpillars, I just don't like being one. Sluggishly chewing my way through the hours of each day -- making the same motions, keeping the same habits, following the same patterns, unable to break free and move into new things. Taking 100 tiny individual steps to make any forward progress at all.
|"I am a beyoootifulll butterfly!" Vicki's Nature via Flickr|
|Paul Ayres via Picasa|
Where do you yearn for transformation?
Where is your inner butterfly trapped in a caterpillar's body?
It's time to make a change.
Metamorphosis is natural. Every phase of healthy, normal development is marked by metamorphosis on some level, a change from one phase of life activity to another. A failure to undergo the full process of "morphing" results in death. A caterpillar stuffed prematurely into a cocoon will starve for lack of energy to make the transition. A butterfly extricated from its cocoon too soon won't be strong enough to survive.
|By Hustvedt via Wikicommons|
Five Steps to Metamorphosis
1. Take full responsibility.
- Do not blame anyone or anything for your current situation. Even blaming the devil is a cop-out. Until you take full responsibility, you remain out of control, incapable of change. You will be sentenced to a life of maintenance, running like mad just to stay in the same place
- Examine your thought life in the light of the Word of God (2 Cor 10:3-5). You may be believing and thinking and basing your decisions on things that are totally wrong! If you discover that you are, be quick to change and slow to argue.
- This is like getting rid of a stray cat that keeps coming around. You must reject the thoughts before you follow through with the action. Be alert to catch the trigger thoughts and push them out of your mind.
- Instead of wasting your mental energy on doubt, worry, and rehearsing the failures of the past, practice your new way of thinking about yourself and your life.
- This is the “secret” ingredient that establishes permanent change. When you've meditated on a new thought long enough it comes out of your mouth, that new thought is locked into your mind and begins to affect your actions.
There you have it. Five simple steps to guide you through the mystery of metamorphosis.
I'm looking forward to seeing you in all your butterfly glory on the other side!
If you want to share, what part of your caterpillar-ness are you ready to leave behind?