Change everything you are
and everything you were
Muse – Butterflies and Hurricanes
Surprisingly, this is possible on many levels. You can change your body. Be gluttonous and get fat. Or exercise and become trim and attractive. Get piercing and wear jewelry.
You can change your your own mind. Regular study, regular thinking, problem solving. Daily dogma. Daily conversations. Philosophy alone. New languages. All can change your mind.
And now I am pleased to realize there is another more important way to change. Actually, it’s not a change in the sense of mere improvement. It’s a transformation, like a frog into a prince. I have just finished reading Mere Christianity and that is the last and greatest lesson of the book—God transforms us into something we were not before. He makes us Zoe and folds the Bios into it.
It’s not complete yet. There was a great jolt when Jesus Christ did his work and another jolt each time one of us gives in. God is changing everything we are and everything we were. He is making us into sons, but we will die before it’s finished.
And yes, when you give in, God is the new reason you try to improve on what you are—to be fit, smart, more humble.