Joyce Meyer jokes that after 40 years of marriage, her husband has been married to 20 different women.

Preach it, sister!
Change–it’s the only thing constant. 

And my biggest fear is that I am not changing.

Physically, we are in a constant state of change.
And hopefully spiritually, we are transforming into versions of ourselves that are more like Christ each and every day–that is my highest hope and prayer: that I am being cruciformed–dying to self each and every day and becoming more like Christ.

I marvel at the different versions of me that I’ve been over the decades.
While my weight loss has been the biggest physical transformation, I’ve had many experiences that have changed my heart and mind, and ultimately, my words and actions.

You may recall a few of the above pictures from previous social media posts. While I look at these and focus on my arms (not too favorably in two of the three pictures), I think about who I was, who I am, but most importantly, who I want to be.
To echo another Joyce Meyerism, “I may not be where I want to be, but thank God I’m not where I once was.” 

Each of these pictures tells a story.
I can remember the exact places I was and special people I was with, too.
But I can also remember the condition of my heart in each of these. For me, the pictures radically reveal a shameful, hypocritical, reckless 20-something to a now humble, grateful, grace-filled 40-something.  Experience is the best teacher right, sunshine?

And I feel like He’s just beginning.
He’s not done with me yet…and He’s not done with you yet either, sunshine.

Today I challenge you to walk down memory lane.
Look at some pictures and reflect on who you once were, who you are today, and who you want to one day be.

What changes are you awaiting, sunshine?
How are you becoming more like Him today?
Pray that God continues to do the work He’s planned for you. (Phil 1:6)

“So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image.”
2 Coring 3:18