Catalysts of Change

What does it take to get Unstuck?

The Dead End Drivers are the little engines in our lives that took us down a path of being stuck.

When we feel stuck we often need to take some action that will lead to the breakthrough.  The action we are searching for is the catalyst. 

What we really want not the catalyst, but what a catalyst brings: change. 

Change. Isn't that what we ultimately seek when we are searching for a breakthrough?  

Doing the same things we did that led us to become stuck will unlikely lead to breakthrough.  It will likely lead to more of the same.

Some kind of change, even if seemingly small and imperceptible, must happen. 

That agent for change, the spark, the push is a Catalyst.  

Here are five Catalysts for Change that can lead to breakthrough:

  • Conviction
  • Clarity
  • Choice
  • Cutting
  • Caring
  • Calm
  • Courage

When we allow these Catalysts into our lives, we can unblock ourselves and better see God's guidance leading to breakthrough change. 

Conviction reveals an error, a sin, a rebellion in our life. It's often required to begin the process of experiencing God's breakthrough. 

Clarity came come from removing the distractions, getting clear on God's priorities, eliminating bad influences or advice, getting the right perspective. 

Choice is the actual act of making a decision. It involves intentionally moving forward with a person, a path, a commitment. 

Cutting means removing a habit, a temptation, a relationship, or a desire from our life and thoughts. 

Caring means digging into what really matters, peeling back the masks and numbness, actually coming face to face with your feelings and vulnerabilities. 

Calm is often the precursor to clarity and comes from separating from the noise or being still in God's presence. 

Courage is the heart and strength to move forward and embrace what God wants to bring into your life.

All of these can catalyst can be drawn from God's written word. Not from our own fleeting and deceptive emotions, but from the firm foundation of God's truth and faithfulness. 

Questions 

How do you experience any of the above Catalysts? 

For the area in your life for which you would like Breakthrough, how could you take an action to cultivate each of the seven Catalysts above?

Scripture

When Simon Peter saw this, he fell down at Jesus' knees and said, "Leave me, Lord! I am a sinful man!"   Luke 5:8 (NIV)

So if your hand or foot causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It's better to enter eternal life with only one hand or one foot than to be thrown into eternal fire with both of your hands and feet.  Matthew 18:8 (NLT)

Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.  Isaiah 54:4