Updated: Sep 10, 2020
Everybody thinks of changing humanity, nobody thinks of changing himself. - Leo Tolstoy
Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline; The Path to Spiritual Growth is a book I will forever read over and over again for two reasons: Its foundation is the Word and the writer's foundation is the Word. Richard never deviates from the true sound foundation that will never crack, move or can be dismantled. It is my second reading source to the Bible; I've read it many times alone (2005, initially) and recently during a book club (2019) with three other wonderful women. I was surprised to have a guest speaker for servant-leader training online this weekend and he referred to this edifying book; I was once again prompted to read it yet another time. I mention this book because it was the first time I actually had a transformational change and it assisted with the Word; whereas I was not concerned about everyone else's flaws; I was focused entirely on mines! What do you do when you get to this point, even more, what do people around you do when YOU get to this point?!
Let us be among those who believe that the inner transformation of our lives is a goal worthy of our best effort. - Richard Foster
Well, people around you begin to question you and your motives; they believe that what they feel or think will be attributed to your outcome. Some are upset because it removes the center of attention: THEM. Some are upset because your pleasing of them has turned to HIM. Lastly, some are upset because their manipulation has changed you to concentrate on APPLICATION. Sadly, when you get to this point, you find out that some people were never for you but you were meant for them ONLY for a time and time always causes change; but only a few will answer the call to apply the change within.
From the time we are able to understand; we are told to apologize for wrongs done to others. Albeit, it is the right response but when we think, act, and/or decide to become a better higher version of ourselves; we need not ask permission or apologize!
Things You Don't Need To Apologize For (Anonymous)
1) Loving someone
2) Saying no
3) Following your dream
4) Taking "me" time
5) Your priorities
6) Ending a toxic relationship
7) Your imperfections
8) Standing your ground
9) Delay in your response
10) Telling the truth
Weak Emerald's Things You Don't Need To Apologize For
1) Your Past (Repent to God and man and MOVE ON!)
2) Celebrating the New You
3) Seeking/Finding REAL Success
4) Purposely Living Your Purpose
"the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change" (Ja 1:17).