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Faith Comment published in the Petersfield Post

19 June 2013: Linda Clist, St Mary Magdalen, Sheet

Change is always possible

'A leopard can't change its spots'...

'I'm too old to change now'...

'He'll never change'...

There's good reason for us to think this way. We know all about 'repeat offenders'. We see people with a weakness giving in to it again and again. If it's hard to manage our money today, it'll probably be just as hard tomorrow. If we've experienced failure, it's hard not to expect to fail next time.

So it's all too easy to give up trying to change things for the better. Can we really reform people who've been in trouble with the law over and over again? Can we really change our own quick temper when we've always had a short fuse? We feel we might as well give up trying - which is a thoroughly depressing idea.

One of the most inspiring parts of the Christian message is that change for the better is always possible. We shouldn't actually write off anyone - including ourselves. We don't need to keep on making the same mistakes we made in the past. It's a really radical idea - but I've seen it come true in people I've known.

If we think about it, none of the great charities we support would even exist if someone hadn't been prepared to try and change things: to save the children, feed the hungry or house the homeless. Change is possible - not just in society generally but in individuals in particular. Thank God for that!


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