How to Change Your Life and Business
These are actually three separate commands but together they show you how to change your life completely.. and as with every biblical insight this also applies to your business. No matter what your life or business currently looks like, these three statements are a roadmap for transforming your situation. If you have said, “I want to change my life,” it is worth your time to study this particular verse of Scripture.
Let’s look at the three components of this verse.
There are three verbs used here: rejoice, be patient and be constant. Note that the first thing we are commanded to do is not to act or even to pray but to rejoice! Rejoicing in hope means keeping a consistently positive attitude and claiming the promises of the Scriptures. Oftentimes, when an important deal falls through, you don’t land a sale, you experience internal employee issues, your clients start complaining.. (need I go on?) ‘Rejoicing’ can sound bleak. I know what you’re thinking, “C’mon Todd, Really!? Rejoice?? It’s a miracle if I make it through the day in one piece!” However, we should be living our lives as if we truly believe the promise of Jeremiah 29:11: “‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'” The Lord of all Creation plans prosperity and happiness for us, not pain and suffering! That is enough to keep us positive and upbeat no matter what is happening in our lives. You may be in the thick of it right now, but trust in Him and rejoice.
The next command is to be patient. How hard is this one! I can struggle with patience, and I’m willing to bet you do as well. Yet, God commands us to be patient, in life and in business. Isaiah 40:31 promises, “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” It is worth it to wait on the Lord’s timing, to trust in him that your prosperity and success will come, He always delivers on HIS time.
Finally, we should be constant in prayer. If you really want to know how to change your life, this command is going to be key. I know that when I wanted to change my life, prayer had to be a part of that change. If I want to change my life in the future, prayer must be present. Continual prayer is not only a privilege, it is a command of God if we really want change! Try this: Whenever a stressful or negative thought about yourself or business creeps in, turn it suddenly into a prayer. Take it to God, He cares and wants to hear from you.