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The ABC’s of Starting Over

Is your life predictable? Do you do the same thing, day after day? Do you feel as

though 2016 will be just as dull and monotonous as 2015? There is a wonderful

passage that shows us a practical example of how one man changed his life.

“ And they came to Jericho: and as he went out of Jericho with his disciples and a

great number of people, blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the

highway side begging.  And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he

began to cry out, and say, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

And many charged him that he should hold his peace: but he cried the more a

great deal, Thou son of David, have mercy on me. And Jesus stood still, and

commanded him to be called. And they call the blind man, saying unto him, Be

of good comfort, rise; he calleth thee. And he, casting away his garment, rose,

and came to Jesus. And Jesus answered and said unto him, What wilt thou that I

should do unto thee? The blind man said unto him, Lord, that I might receive my

sight. And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And

immediately he received his sight, and followed Jesus in the way.” Mark 10:46-

52

From this passage, we can discover the ABC’s to help us change our lives…

A – Assume Responsibility For Your Own Life!

When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, “Jesus, Son of

David, have mercy on me!” (v.47)

We live in a generation that tries to blame someone else for its problems.

Teenagers blame their parents,

Parents blame their children,

Workers blame their co-workers or their boss.

Things happen that you can’t control – but you can control your response.

Let me repeat that. Things happen that you can’t control – but you can control

your response. I hear people say all the time… “He makes me so mad” or “She

makes me so mad.” Nobody can make you mad. You’re the only person who can

make you mad. People can do things that upset you, things you don’t like, and

things that hurt you. But you decide how you’re going to respond. Look back at

the scripture. See what did Bartimaeus did and did not do.

1. He didn’t blame someone else. He didn’t think that God or anyone else owed

him something.

2. He DID go to Jesus. He humbled himself and sought help and deliverance.

B – Believe You Can Change!

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said,

“Rabbi, I want to see.” (v. 51)

He believed he wouldn’t walk away the same.

He believed that he’d be DIFFERENT.

So often people pray…

“God, if you’ll just change my employer,

if you’ll just change my husband or my wife

if you’ll just change my children or my friend,

if you’ll just change my boss, or co-worker, or relative

God never promises that he will change your situation. God does promise that he

will change YOU. He’ll change your attitude… your perspective… your outlook…

Then you can change your attitude toward your situation. (To be contd)

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