Some things require preparation. You can’t just jump knee-deep into some procedures without first adjusting the environment to establish the right conditions for the procedure to be successful. The preparation is as critical as the procedure itself to achieve the purpose you intend.
Yesterday, I wrote about getting opened up to allow for an internal transformation (https://scottprickett.com/2015/02/16/heart-surgery/). The preparation that is required to get to that point is one of perspective. We won’t be prepared for transformation until we turn our perspective inward.
There’s always something that can be identified or focused on about our circumstances that we can find fault with. There’s always somebody that makes things harder for us who we can blame for our failures and faults. Pointing, accusing, justifying and validating while looking at everyone and everything but ourselves will ensure that we carry our junk from one set of circumstances to the next.
I found myself in a set of circumstances lately that led to the internal realization that God was doing something within me. The situation and some of the people stirred anxiety within me. The easy way out, and one that I entertained, was to point towards others to justify my discomfort. My anxiety would cause me to blame, my blame would cause me anxiety and the problem cycled into greater and greater severity. Only when I stopped to consider me did I start towards peace.
No matter who you live with, work with or interact with there is going to be something that they do which you can focus on. Much of it may be very valid observation of their issues. None of it will help you with yours.
The prep for the procedure is to earnestly pray Psalm 139: 23-24: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
God is faithful. He will show us the stuff within us and He will lead us from our own insecurities, fears and shortcomings to the fullness of His life. He will do a work in us that changes us from the inside out. The process is proven and the provider is true. The preparation begins with a simple prayer. “Search me, O God . . . “