Change is something that we all long for but not many of us choose to do what it takes to see it happen. We continue to live comfortable even if it means we are miserable rather than shake things up a bit and live the life God intended for us to live, a life full of abundance! John 10:10 mentions both of these kinds of lives, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

Decide: What are you taking back?
First, you need to decide what are you taking back from the thief? Has he stolen your joy, your intimacy with the Creator of the universe, your drive? You may have never gotten a chance to see what he stole from you or maybe you use to thrive in what he has stolen; whatever it is that he has, it is time to decide it is yours and you want it back!

Take action
Now that you’ve decided what you are taking back, it is time to take action. To take action, you need to have a plan. To go without a plan, is like shooting without aiming; yeah, you took a shot but you missed too. Figure out what you need to do to take it back and write down the steps you’ve got to take to get there. Look back at them from time to time as a reminder and to track progress. Just remember, the little steps are just as important as the big ones.

Show yourself grace
When you decide to make a change in your life, you will make mistakes. Remember to show yourself grace and forgive yourself for the small and not so small mistakes. The more understanding and forgiving you are of your downfalls, the more you learn from them and the quicker you progress.

Go you! For deciding to take back your life.

Ashley Fordinal is the Children’s Church volunteer at Family Life Church in Sulphur Springs, TX.