Change That’s Seen

Like her or not, Roseanne was raunchy. Even people that liked her, liked her because she was bold, ignorant, and off the wall. And you want to know what?

I was just like her.

In fact, the sad truth is the people I used to hang around with often compared me to her. At the time, I thought it was great. I had the nastiest potty mouth of anyone I knew. Every other word was vulgarity – and I mean bad. At one point a stranger walked up to me and asked me if I ate with that mouth. I showed no shame and said what I wanted to say in front of anyone – child or adult.

I was raunchy.

Nasty.

Vulgar.

When I first heard Roseanne was making her debut again I couldn’t help but remember – after all – we all have memories – some good and some not so good – but the first thing that came to my thoughts after remembering was, “Yuck. Why would I want to watch that mess.”

And the second thought, “Lord, thank you for changing me.”

Then He whispered back, “You can’t do the things you used to do if you have the Holy Spirit living within you.”

I know nothing about Roseanne anymore, and this post is not to place blame or say bad things about her, but the Lord used the remembrance of her program to show me just how much He has changed me.

How far He has brought me.

How much He has grown me.

How He took the old raunchy Stacey and slowly transformed her into a better person – one who tries to guard her mouth and strives to be more Christlike. And while I might fail with the slip of a tongue on occasion – and my attitude isn’t always Christlike, He is gentle and gracious at reminding me that being a believer in Christ sure doesn’t make me perfect or change my social or economic status, or mean I’m void from the troubles of the world, but it does mean I have a Savior who loves me more than I love myself – who speaks to me – cradles me when I’m sad – high fives me through victories – and ushers me into a better me –

The scriptures tell us in Ephesians 4:21-24, “Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”

We will never be perfect this side of glory, but our goal should be to strive to be like Christ every day and today I’m thankful He has me on this journey to betterness.

“Lord, thank you for changing me to the point where I don’t want to go back where I’ve been ever again and thank you for showing me just how far you have brought me thus far.”

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