Lately I've been thinking about the strength of God, and how His strength is available to us as believers. David said in Psalm 27:1, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?" Ephesians 6:10 says, "Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might." In Psalm 59:16, David refers to God as his strength -"To you, O my Strength, I will sing praises."
How often do you feel like God is your strength? Oftentimes we feel weak and defeated, and there is this sense that we are just keeping our head above water. The question is, what can we do to change our position or somehow adjust our thinking to operate out of the strength of the Lord?
Somehow we think if we could change our jobs, or change our location, or change some big thing, then everything would be better. Guess what? When we think that way, we wind up staying stuck in the same place because we get overwhelmed at change, and we know we probably can't sustain a huge change.
The answer is to make a small change. I call it a tweak. Tweak some little thing that you do every day, and over time it will pay huge dividends. If you have ever adjusted a carburetor on a small engine - you just turn a little screw very slightly and your engine runs better. Maybe you replace a spark plug, and it's like you have a new motor! It's just a little thing - a tweak here or there - and you have an amazing change in power.
If you were an airplane pilot flying from Los Angeles to Minneapolis and you were off by 1 degree, you would wind up about 40 miles from the airport. In a hundred yards, you would only by off by about 5 feet - not a big deal, but over the long haul that small 1-degree change really adds up.
Can I challenge you with some ideas of small changes that can really make a difference over time?
• What if every day you read something from the Bible? Even if it's just a verse or two, make it a priority and do it every day.
• Or what if you decided you and your spouse would pray together every day even if it's just a couple of minutes before you go off to work?
• Could you try having no cell phones at the dinner table?
• What if you and your family gathered around the dinner table for at least one meal every day?
• What if you started battling the addiction to being right? In other words, determine that you don't have to be right.
• How about listening more than you talk? Listen, even when you want to talk.
• Refuse to compare yourself with anyone.
• What if we stopped judging people? That means no negative talk about anyone.
• What would happen if you tweaked your language a little? Like saying "I love you" every day, or "You are important to me."
I could give you many more, but I encourage you to just make a minor adjustment and see what God can do. Paul discovered that he needed to do one thing - forget those things that were behind him and press on toward his future in Christ.
Identify one little thing in your life that needs to be changed. One little tweak that you start today will change the trajectory of your life. Don't wait, start today!