How many times have we wished we could be someone else? Perhaps one reason we act out our addiction is that we hate ourself. Self-hatred is often associated with an addictive/compulsive personality. If we don’t like who we are and feel helpless to change, we can be reassured in knowing that God has the power to change us dramatically.
The Apostle Paul wrote: “I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice-the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask? Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is” (Romans 12:1-2).
Paul tells us to avoid being like the world around us. If we copy the behavior and customs of this world, we will head straight toward selfish ways and destructive dependencies. Our part is to turn our will and our life over to the care of God. As we trust and obey him, he will work changes in us and make us new people. God wants to change us from the inside out. As we are changed on the inside, we will begin to evidence those changes in our external attitudes and actions.
We all have great potential for change, but we cannot do it under our own power. As we yield our life and will to God, we can depend on him to renew our mind and heart. He will help us overcome our defects of character, transforming us from the inside out.
Sometimes we feel so helpless and lost on the inside we begin to wish that we were someone else thinking that they have it made in this world. Don’t think for a second that the person you are wishing you could be isn’t thinking the same thing. We are all the same on the inside; thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc. So I encourage you not to avoid the situation that you are in, but to examine yourself. When we surrender our will to God he will transform you into a person who truly loves themself.
God bless you all
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