Anyone who believes in Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone, a new life has begun!
~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
We all go through several stages when we change. Stage one is not thinking about changing. Not thinking about it at all. We get locked into denial, rationalizing our behavior because we want to stay right where we are. We can all relate to this at some point in our journey.
Stage two is thinking about changing. We read a book; we gather information. If you have gotten to stage two, you deserve applause for the effort it has taken to get to this stage. You are aware that your health could use improvement, and you're investigating how that might happen.
Stage three is planning. It is sitting down and creating an action step that is specific and measurable.Maybe we write our goal to exercise thirty minutes away three times a week. We mark our calendars with those appointments and begin to get into a routine with our new life-giving habits.
Stage three isn't the end go the journey, but it's a solid beginning that deserves to be celebrated. We can't get to the stage of ac tally changing without these preliminary steps.
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
Real change takes time and the stages of thinking and planning are essential to the process.
Taken from The Daniel Plan 365 Daily Devotions