8th May 2012

End Dependency – Transform Lives

“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.”
Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)

I noticed some writing engraved on a wooden seat while I was walking in a country park  in Motherwell.  On the seat was written, “End Dependency—Transform Lives”. In addition, on the back of the seat were engraved the words:  Inspiring, Freedom, Exciting, and one or two other similar words.  I was interested in this thoughtful engraving, and I discovered it was the work of clients of Phoenix Futures.  This is a nationwide charity that works to provide recovery for those who, unfortunately, are addicted to drugs.

How often do we choose to be dependent on ourselves and not to depend on God?  Perhaps we might feel that we don’t need the help.  What we are really saying is that we prefer to cope on our own.  The truth is that relying on God and not ourselves is what gives us a sense of growth and freedom.  It leads to a transformed life, like that of a person recovered from addiction.  We become a new creation.  We cannot do it on our own, but the good news is that God wants us to depend on him.

Prayer
Thank you Father, for your offer to depend on you and not rely on our own strength.  Help us to stop being independent of you.  Help us to allow you to transform us into the new creation that you want us to be each day.
Amen

Study by Stewart Raeburn

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