Did you know that Dragonflies lay their eggs in water? And once the eggs hatch, they become ugly little water creatures that move by shooting water out of their behind — my kids find that little fact to be hilarious. And then, as these water bugs grow, they molt four to five times. Each time they molt, their body changes until their final molt when they crawl onto a branch and emerge from their shell as an adult dragonfly.
Last Sunday, our pastor gave what was probably the most unique sermon I have heard on the subject of stewardship/tithing. He began upfront by telling the congregation that the church is beginning its annual stewardship drive. Then, he began talking about how we, as humans, are often our own worst critics. We consistently dwell on how we want to be better, but fail to acknowledge and take joy in the accomplishments and good that we do. (I am so guilty of that. I find it extremely difficult to ever pat myself on the back. Instead, I remind myself of what I can do better.) So he challenged us to take this week and not think about our stewardship pledge, but instead to dwell all week on our blessings and the things that are good in our life. And then next week, we’ll pray about our pledge.
While lying in bed last night, I began talking with God and going back through the past couple days, not even thinking about science or this sermon. And as I lay there, I began repenting for my bad attitude and for areas where I feel like I constantly fail. I was mentally trapped in my past and I was feeling like an ugly little water bug. Then I remembered II Corinthians 3:18 that says, And we, who…are being transformed into His likeness.
Yes, my nature still longs to be selfish, controlling, bitter. And I need to repent when I sin in thought or deed. But I repent not because I have no hope of being better, but because I have a Savior. And he is transforming me. Constantly. My mistakes today do not negate all the molting that God has done in my life. I have been transformed. And I continue to be transformed. I can gratefully acknowledge and take joy in that fact.