There is something everyone wants more than money. There is something everyone desires more than fame. In the quiet place of every human heart lives this universal desire: Transformation.
Everyone wants the ability to change. If we experienced change based on intentions or desire, we’d all be who we want to be. But that isn’t the way transformation takes place. You can’t buy it. You can’t wish it into existence. You can’t be famous enough to attain it. Your intentions will never be good enough to make it happen. Transformation is elusive. Everyone wants it, but few experience it.
Most of us don’t struggle with new sins. There aren’t brand new temptations you’ve never experienced before that threaten to take you out all at once. We get caught up in the same few sins over and over and over again.
If you’re anything like me, your response to your most repeated sin is, “That was the last time.”
That was the last time I use that credit card.
That was the last time I talk to my wife like that.
That was the last time I cuss at my kids.
That was the last time I look at porn.
That was the last time I flirt with my co-worker.
That was the last time I hide that purchase from my husband.
“That was the last time” become our famous last words.
Why don’t we change? Why do we repeatedly make promises that we have every intention of keeping, but don’t? Why do we desire to be different, but only experience incremental transformation?