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The Evidence of Transformation!

By Angela Willingham

2012-10-02

There should always be real evidence when transformation takes place.  Many times we call it transformation when in actuality it is not.  Maybe something changed temporarily or you might have wanted to change but you kind of fumbled along the way.  Real transformation is lasting and visible to us and the people that really know us.  In the heat of the battle you won't go back to your old ways if you have really and truly been transformed.

The other day we were preparing to start our fitness class.  Lisa and I were getting set up like we always do and she said,


 "oh shoot" in her southern accent.  I said what and she said I forgot my Ipod and the connecting adapter for the speaker.  Well we have two adapters, so that was no problem.  The Ipod was another story.  (Kim had just told me we needed to get another one for the ministry to have on hand.)  I got on the phone and called Kim to see if she had hers.  The answer was no.  The ladies from our team that were already there had their personal phones with music on them so we started checking on that.  Lisa called Leslie to see if Leslie could bring hers.  Lisa was a little excited and understandably so.  Anyone that knows anything about a fitness class knows that the music is what keeps it going.  I never felt myself becoming the slightest bit worried or upset about the situation, which I realized later was new for me.  The fact that our workout that night was so impromptu probably made it one of the best workouts we had had.  Nobody knew what we were going to do, but God was definitely in control.  Oh I forgot to tell you the young lady that was supposed to do our warm up was running late and we did not know what had happened to her, but God did. 

What do I think?  I think it was a test of our faith.  A test to see if we would trip or trust.  Well maybe I shouldn't say our faith.  Maybe the reality is that it was a test of my faith.  What would I do?  A couple days later as I thought about the situation and my reaction, I had to acknowledge what God has done in my life.  I know what I would have done in the past.  I know how i would have responded, because I had been in a similar situation several years prior and I had not responded properly.  Sorry God, I finally get it.  The truth is I had responded very badly.  My ministry partner at the time showed up with out the CD player.  The first time it happened I was okay, cool.  The second time it happened, I was not so understanding.  I was upset and quite rude about it in front of people, not a good response for our participants to see.  Wow, when you look back and see that you responded better this time, did something different, something more pleasing to God, it is a blessing.  When you know that who you are and how you respond has changed and is more in line with what God would desire from you.  I know that the situation so many years ago was a mess up.  At that time, I thought I was right to be upset.  Since then I have learned that some stuff just isn't worth it and it does not glorify God.   I realize now, I had to go through this, I had to go through the preparation, because I could not be in a place of working through these types of issues as the ministry grows.  There were 5 people the day I misbehaved.  There were 25 the day I did it God's way with love, peace, patience, compassion and understanding.  (Just for the record, the fourth day of class, we got a new speaker and I forgot the cord to plug it in, no one chastised me, they treated me with love and understanding also.  We all laughed.  We all make mistakes.)  I owed somebody and apology.

When I talked to Lisa about it a couple days later, I shared how I would have and had responsed to something like that in the past.  I told her how grateful I was for the changes, the transformation God was making in me.  She said I wondered why you were so cool about it.  I learned a valuable lesson.  Situations will happen, how we handle them is what matters.  How we handle people is what is important.  Would me being upset have changed the fact that she forgot the Ipod?  No!!! And it did not change the fact that he had forgotten the CD player.  God provided and opportunity for me to apologize to him this week.  I thought I was going to send an e-mail, but out of the clear blue sky, that same day he called.  We played phone tag for a minute and I could have used that as an excuse not to apologize, but I knew what I needed to do.  I did and he said the same thing I said earlier, "we all make mistakes".  I needed to learn this lesson in order to move forward to the next level of ministry God has for me. 

Earlier I said real transformation is lasting and visible to us and the people that really know us.  In the heat of the battle you won't go back to your old ways if you have really and truly been transformed.  I know what I had done before.  I did not do it this time.  As a matter of fact it never crossed my mind, the emotion never rose up in me.  I really was cool, there were no hidden emotions, that I was pretending not to have.  You know what I am talking about, when we stand there being fake when we really are feeling something else.  Telling people it's okay when we really don't mean it.  I really meant it.  I really meant we will figure it out and God took care of it. 

That for me was evidence of real transformation and it is not the only one I have had.   I know what I would have done.  I know who I use to be.  God thank you I am not her any more. 

2 Corinthians 5:17

New International Version (NIV)

17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!  When we really allow Christ to come in and to mold us and live inside of us, we will experience real transformation physically, emotionally, relationally and spiritually.  As always we need Him to do it from the inside out, to make it lasting.

Lesson learned

Emotions in check! 

Ready to move forward!!!

What about you?

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