Change It Up - Once-A-Day Nurturing Great Kids Devotional

Change It Up

Unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 18:3

Throughout the Bible are lessons that point to making changes when we aren’t living up to God’s standards. Jesus was serious about change, and he expects you to have a teachable spirit like that of a little child. Then, when you do make changes, you are greatly rewarded.

But if nothing changes, nothing changes. For instance, as a parent you will find yourself in situations where you know a change is needed if your child is going to make progress. It’s tempting to sit back and wait for that change to somehow occur instead of intentionally implementing change — ​so you do nothing. But what will develop if you do nothing is a pattern of bad behavior that becomes the norm.

The cure for this downward spiral with your child is moving forward with change. You must create a new environment or a new pattern for healthy patterns to be established or to re-emerge. Go do it. Don’t think about it; just do it! The short-term pain of adjusting to the change will result in long-term gain.


If nothing changes, nothing changes.


How flexible are you when it comes to making changes? Do you only talk about change without taking action?

Do you have a teachable spirit? How do you think God wants you to develop such a spirit?

What is a pattern of behavior with your child that could use a change?

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