DAY 1: Inspiration vs. Transformation
What is the most inspiring movie you’ve ever seen, or book you’ve ever read? Now be honest, what kind of an impact did it really have on your life?
In this day and age, you may watch a movie, read a book, or hear a message at church that is inspirational. You’re encouraged to make a change in your life, whether it’s to take on a new goal, eat healthy, exercise more, or something else. Sometimes these inspirational stories lead to real, honest life change. But many times an inspirational story doesn’t actually lead to life transformation. Transformation occurs with repeated, habitual decisions.
King Josiah finds himself in a very unusual position of becoming king at a very young age (8 years old). 18 years later, a copy of God’s Law is discovered and read to the king. Immediately, he begins to make reforms for the nation of Judah. These reforms won’t occur overnight, but ongoing transformation will occur due to Josiah’s desire to honor God and His Word.
As you read today, consider this: How do you think real life transformation occurs?
READING & JOURNALING:
How do you think real life transformation occurs? Be specific.
Think of a time when you were inspired to change something in your life, but you didn’t actually transform that area of your life. What do you think would’ve most helped you to follow through?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Leviticus 23
Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?
Heavenly Father, today I confess that I regularly enjoy inspirational books, movies, or other stories, but I don’t regularly follow through when it comes to transforming these areas of my life. While there may be many reasons for this, I recognize that the main reason is that I seek out inspirational stories instead of seeking out a transformational God. You and You alone can change me in the person You’ve made me to be. Help me to be that person. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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One Reply to “Josiah: Day 1”
This was good I thought about it. Inspiration isn’t transformation How many times have I been inspired to lose weight and didn’t take the necessary steps to follow through. And now because I have daily done the things needed to be healthy and keep my weight off the “transformation” is visible in my daily appearance. It was not overnight it was a gradual process that now has visible effects. And I think it is was interesting to read that the corrections they made in Israel started and continued because of his dedication to pursue the Lord on a daily commitment.
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